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Circular letter from William Tryon to the Sheriffs in the New Bern District
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
March 01, 1771
Volume 08, Page 696

Newbern, March 1st 1771.


Having this day issued a Commission of Oyer and Terminer to be held at Newbern on the 11th Instant when Matters of the highest Importance to the Peace and Security of this Government will come before the Court, It is my duty to recommend to you to make choice of and to summon none but Gentlemen of the first character repute and ability in your County to constitute the Grand Jury of that Court, Indifferently choosing the best Men without having any particular regard whether they are Magistrates or in any other public character.

As the whole Province is interested in this ensuing Court and the happiness and welfare of the Country depend on the uprightness and Integrity of its Members you will by a punctual and honest observance of the above regulations be the means of procuring Credit to your County, honor to yourself and benefit to your Countrymen who expect that Men of the most consequence and property should appear on the Grand Jury on so important an Occasion

I am &c

Copies of this letter I have sent to the several Sherifs within the District.

To the Sherif of —— County.