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Minutes of the Wilmington Committee of Safety
Wilmington (N.C.). Committee of Safety
July 31, 1775
Volume 10, Page 124

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

Monday, July 31st, 1775.

At an occasional meeting of the Committee.

Present: Cornelius Harnett, Chairman; Francis Clayton, Deputy Chairman; Henry Toomer, Wm. Purviance, James Blythe, Wm. Ewins, Wm. Wilkinson, John Forster, Tim. Bloodworth, Wm. Campbell, Jno. Ancrum, Peter Malette, Andrew Ronaldson, Jno. DuBois, Adam Boyd, Francis Clayton.

The Chairman presented to the Committee, a letter from Mr. Rowan, inclosing one of the Governor's to a certain Lieut. Col. James Cotton; it was

Resolved, unanimously, That the Committee approve of Mr. Rowan's conduct; and that the Committee of Intelligence be requested to write to him on the subject.

Mr. Boyd read a letter from the Governor, requesting him to print an account of a late engagement at Bunker's Hill between the King's troops and provincials: craved their opinion respecting the above publication; it was

Resolved, unanimously, That he should acquaint the Governor, that the Committee would not admit the seperate publication in hand bills; but that if it was agreeable to him, it might be printed in the Mercury.

Whereas, we have learned from undoubted authority, that Governor Martin intends going into the back country, to collect a number of men, for the purpose of disturbing the internal peace of this province—

Resolved, That the Governor's going into the back country may be of great prejudice to this Province, as it is in all probability he intends kindling the flames of a Civil war, and that the Committees of the different counties should be advised of his intentions and requested to keep a strict lookout, and, if possible, to arrest him in his progress.

The committee then adjourned to the next meeting.