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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Resolution by the Continental Congress concerning the removal of military supplies and naval stores from Wilmington
United States. Continental Congress
August 21, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 754-755

[Resolve of Congress 21st of August relative to the removal of stores &c.]

In Congress Augt. 21 1777.

Congress being informed that a large collection of Tar is made at Wilmington in North Carolina and that the enemies fleet is now upon the southern coast.

Resolved that it be earnestly recommended to the executive power of North Carolina to cause all military and naval stores in the said state to be removed to places of security with all possible expedition, it being of the greatest consequence to the United States, that the same should not fall into the enemy's hands, and that such

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stores should be destroyed rather than to be possessed by the enemy

Extract from the Minutes

By order of Congress
John Hancock Presdt.