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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Editor's note concerning the date of North Carolina's independence
Clark, Walter, 1846-1924
Volume 11, Page 305

Note.—On July 4, 1776, North Carolina by virtue of the declaration of her delegates, together with those of the other Colonies, became a sovereign and independent State. The title of her Records from this date therefore is “The State Records” of North Carolina.—W. C.