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Minutes of the Continental Congress [Extracts]
United States. Continental Congress
November 24, 1775 - November 26, 1775
Volume 10, Pages 338-339

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[Reprinted from the American Archives. Vol. 3. P. 1925.]
Extracts from the Proceedings of the Continental Congress.

Friday, November 24th, 1775.

On motion made, Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed, to take into consideration the State of North Carolina, and report to Congress, what in their opinion is necessary to be done for its safety and security.

Tuesday November 28th, 1775.

The Congress then took into consideration the Report of the Committee on North Carolina, which being read, and debated by paragraphs, Congress came to the following Resolutions:

Resolved, That the two Battalions which the Congress directed to be raised in the Province of North Carolina be increased to the Continental Establishment, and kept in pay at the expense of the United Colonies for one year from this time, or until the further order of Congress, as well for the purpose of defending the good people of that Colony against the attacks of Ministerial oppression, as assisting the adjacent Colonies.

That application be made to the Councils of Safety of the Province of Pennsylvania and South Carolina, for so much Gun powder as can be spared for the immediate supply of North Carolina.

Resolved, That the Delegates of the Colony of North Carolina be directed to purchase a number of Drums, Fifes and Colours, suitable to the said Battalions, and that the President be directed to draw on the Continental Treasurers for a sum not exceeding three hundred dollars, for the payment thereof.

That the Convention or Committee of Safety of North Carolina be desired to employ immediately all the Gunsmiths in that Colony in the making of Muskets and Bayonets, of the size and in the manner recommended by Congress the 4th of this instant, November.

That two Ministers of the Gospel be applied to, to go immediately amongst the Regulators and Highlanders in the Colony of North Carolina, for the purpose of informing them of the nature of the present dispute between Great Britain and the Colonies; that the gentlemen to be employed be allowed each forty Dollars per month for their services, and that the Delegates of the said Colony be empowered to apply to and procure persons proper for this business.

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That it be recommended to the Convention or Committee of Safety of North Carolina in case the method of defending the said Colony by minute-men be inadequate to the purpose, to substitute such other mode as to them shall appear most likely to effect the security of that Colony.


Wednesday November 29th, 1775.

The Committee to whom the Petition of Donnham Newton was referred have had the same under their consideration and come to the following Resolutions:

Resolved, That the said Donnham Newton should be permitted to export on board his vessel on the terms proposed in his petition such Provisions of Flour and Pork as he shall think proper.

Resolved, That the said Donnham Newton should give bond with two sufficient sureties in a penalty equal to double the value of the cargo he shall have laden on board his vessel the condition of which bond shall be that the said Donnham Newton shall on or before the 15th day of February next import into the port of Newbern in the Colony of North Carolina and there deliver to the Commanding Officer of the Continental Troops in that Colony good Muskets and Bayonets or Gunpowder to the full amount of the proceeds of such cargo; and that on giving such bond he shall receive from this Congress a permit to be signed by the President allowing him to export said cargo.

On motion made Resolved, That the executing the above business and taking the bond from Donnham Newton be referred to the Committee who brought in the foregoing Report.