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Memorandum from John Sampson to Josiah Martin concerning an act of the North Carolina General Assembly concerning courts
Sampson, John, d. 1784
March 25, 1774
Volume 09, Pages 978-979

New Bern, March 25th, 1774.

To His Excellency Josiah Martin, Esquire, Captain General, Governor, &ca,


As I was one of the Members of the Council that agreed in the Upper House to pass the Superior Court Bill that was rejected by your Excellency, and tho' unfortunately by sickness was prevented from attending when you was pleased to ask the advice of the Council relative to that Bill, yet as I should most certainly have recommended to your Excellency the reatifying of it, I think it incumbent on me to give my reasons for such my intentions.

The distressful situation of this Province, &c. [Same as previous enclosures down to words “Instructions that I have seen.”]

I trust that the loyalty I profess for my gracious Sovereign and His illustrious House, my abhorrence of republican principles, the zeal I have ever shewn for the support of Government and my unwearied application and unimpeached conduct for a number of years at a great expence to myself, in discharging the important

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Trust reposed in me by His Majesty are sufficient to justify the purity of my intentions.

I have the honor &c