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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Minutes of the Wilmington Committee of Safety
Wilmington (N.C.). Committee of Safety
July 03, 1775
Volume 10, Pages 64-65

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Proceedings of the Safety Committee at Wilmington.

Monday July 3rd 1775.

At an occasional meeting of the Committee.

Present: Cornelius Harnett, Chairman; Francis Clayton, Deputy Chairman; Arch'd Maclaine, Jno. Robeson, Jno. Ancrum, Wm. Ewins, James Walker, Sam'l Marshall, Tim. Bloodworth.

Whereas, it was Resolved, at a session of the Honorable Continental Congress, now assembled at Philadelphia, That Thursday the 20th July next should be held as a day of fasting and prayer.

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It was unanimously agreed to in committee met at Wilmington, that the humble observance of that day should be warmly inculcated on every inhabitant of this province and that the following resolve of the Honorable Continental Congress should be made public.

Ordered, That two hundred copies of the said resolve be printed in hand bills and distributed through this Colony.

On motion, ordered, That the chairman of the Committee write to Allen McDonald, of Cumberland County, to know from himself respecting the reports that circulate of his having an intention to raise Troops to support the arbitrary measures of the ministry against the Americans in this colony, and whether he had not made an offer of his services to Governor Martin for that purpose.

Ordered, That the following agreement be put up at the court house:

Whereas, several members of the Wilmington Committee seem to find it inconvenient to give their attendance with that punctuality that the present exigence of affairs now demand and as it has been the practice of all the Northern Colonies since American politics have been drawing towards their present crisis, to re-elect their committeemen, for these reasons and that the people may have an opportunity of confirming or annulling their former choice, it has been unanimously agreed to in committee held this day at Wilmington to make the above public and request the attendance of all the inhabitants qualified to vote for members of the Assembly, to meet at the court-house on Thursday next and elect a committee to represent said town, as it has been thought that the present committee is not sufficiently numerous it is recommended to the Electors to take the augmentation of the future one into consideration.

The committee then adjourned till the next occasional meeting.