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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Extracts from the North-Carolina Gazette
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April 24, 1778
Volume 13, Page 402

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North Carolina Gazette, April 24, 1778.

Newbern, April 24.

A report prevails here, that Capt. Biddle, in the Randolph frigate, was unfortunately blown up in an engagement with a very large English ship off Barbadoes, supposed to be the Portland, of fifty guns, and every soul on board perished; and by several concurring circumstances from Martinico, tis feared the account is too true.

On Saturday last, being the day of the annual election of a governor and council for this State, his Excellency Richard Caswell, Esqr. was again unanimously elected to that important office; and the Hon. Joseph Leech, Thomas Bonner, William Cray, Edward Starkey, Robert Bignall, Richard Henderson, and William Haywood, Esquires, were elected councillors.