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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Minutes of the Virginia Convention
Virginia. Convention
December 14, 1775
Volume 10, Page 346

[Reprinted from the American Archives. Vol. 4. P. 84.]
Proceedings of Virginia Convention at Williamsburgh in the matter of certain Scotch immigrants en route for North Carolina.

Thursday December 14, 1775.

The President laid before the Committee a letter from Colonel Woodford enclosing a Petition from the poor Inhabitants of the Town of Norfolk requesting his protection; also a Petition for sundry distressed Highlanders lately removed from Scotland, praying that they might be permitted to go to Cape Fear in North Carolina, the place where they intended to settle, together with sundry other papers which were read.

Resolved That the President be desired to write to Colonel Woodford directing ∗ ∗ ∗ that he take the distressed Highlanders with their families under his protection, permit them to pass by land unmolested to Carolina and supply them with such provisions as they may be in immediate want of. The President also laid before the Convention a Letter from Colonel Howe of North Carolina informing him that he had joined Colonel Woodford with the troops under his command and should be happy to afford him his best assistance.

Resolved That the President be desired to write to Colonel Howe acknowledging the receipt of his obliging Letter and thanking him for his good intentions toward the Colony.