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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Alexander Martin to John Hanson
Martin, Alexander, 1740-1807
August 20, 1782
Volume 16, Pages 400-401

[From Executive Letter Book.]

North Carolina, August 20th, 1782.


I have had the honor to receive your Excellency’s Letter of the 28th May, accompanied with a Copy of an Act of Congress of the 27th respecting Delegates being sent immediately to represent this State in Congress. I flatter myself that pursuant to the same a full delegation is now representing this State in that Honorable Body.

I have been honored with your Excellency’s Letter of the 4th of June, together with a Copy of an Act of Congress of the 21st, recommending to the several States to adopt the most efficacious measures for suppressing all traffic and illicit entercourse with the enemies of the United States, which I shall do myself the honor to lay before the Legislature at their Session on the first Monday in November next. In the mean while although few or no Citizens of this State have been charged with those illicit and infamous practices, yet I shall use my utmost endeavours to detect such if any and bring the offenders to just and exemplary punishment.1

I have the Honor to be, &c.,


1 A Proclamation hath since been issued by the advice of Council prohibiting the intercouse and illicit traffic complained of on the pains of the Treason Law, vide Proclamation, &c., in pursuance of the above letter.