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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Minutes of the Wilmington Committee of Safety
Wilmington (N.C.). Committee of Safety
February 05, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 431-432

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

Monday, Feby 5th, 1776.

At a meeting of the Committee.

Present: John Ancrum, Chairman; William Wilkinson, Deputy Chairman; John Forster, Jno. Slingsby, Jno. DuBois, Jno. Kirkwood, Jona. Dunbibin, Henry Toomer, Wm Ewins, Archd Maclaine, Herrall Blackmore.

Mr. Nash presented to the Chairman a letter from Governor Martin to Maurice Moore Esq., in answer to one the Committee permitted

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him to send to the Governor, which was read in Committee and returned to Mr Nash.

A letter from the Governor to the Council was also read, in answer to theirs read in the Committee 28th January.

Col. Moore having informed this Committee that the Men-of-War, lying at Fort Johnston, had committed hostilities on the Continental Troops under his command by firing on them at said Fort, and as the Committee of Safety passed a Resolve that the Cruiser Sloop-of-War might be supplied with provisions from time to time, so long as she did not commit hostilities on the persons or properties of the good people of this Province,

Resolved, That the ship of war now lying in this river, have actually committed hostilities against the inhabitants of this Province.