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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Joseph Reed to Thomas Burke
Reed, Joseph, 1741-1785
January 29, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 257-258

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

In Council, Philadelphia, January 29th, 1779.


I did not receive your favour of yesterday till late last evening, and as the mode pursued by the Committee will, I make no doubt, be satisfactory to all parties, I trust it will lead to a decision equally satisfactory.

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The Attorney General of the State will be notified of the time and place as mentioned in your letter, but I fear the former will prove too short; if so, the principle upon which it was appointed will doubtless operate for a convenient enlargement. It has been suggested that by the laws of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire appeals in many cases of Capture are refused, and that particularly a subject of this State in a maritime case was refused an appeal from the Court of Admiralty of the latter State. I mention these circumstances, as they may lead to a general consideration of this subject, and forming a system of Maritime Jurisprudence equally binding upon all the States in the Union.

And I am, Sir,
Your most obedient,
Humble Servant,