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Letter from Archibald Maclaine to George Hooper
Maclaine, Archibald, 1728-1790
December 01, 1784
Volume 17, Pages 185-186


Wilmington, 1st Dec., 1784.

My Dear Sir:

I reached my own house on the evening of the 29th ulto. after a very fatiguing session. Harrassed with business and not in perfect health, I had little enjoyment, and New Bern court interfering with the other business, I had not, in the end, a single moment's rest.

On my return I found your letter of the 23rd of last month, which I have mentioned to your brother, and which I shall shew him and Mr. Toomer. Mr. Quince (?) is not yet returned from Europe, & at present I cannot tell when he is expected. If Rose should succeed I am afraid your situation will be very disagreeable, for I have not the least idea that Toomer will do any thing until he is compelled by law. Perhaps there may be some difficulty with some of the others. The longer I think of this affair I am the more astonished. I cannot conceive upon what legal or equitable principles, the Judges have opened settled accounts.

The assembly have done some good and some bad. They have very rapidly and very disgracefully passed an act to repeal the cession of the western country to Congress, which they certainly had no power to do. If the protest against this measure can be copied

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in time you will receive it for publication. It was drawn by Mr. Hay.

An attempt was made by Sharpe of Rowan County, under the auspices of the Blounts to banish every one comprised in certain descriptions, but Sharpe though hot in pursuit of office, is not quite abandoned. He was heartily ashamed of his bill, which went directly in the face of the treaty. It was therefore modelled so as to prevent such persons from holding seats in the general assembly, or certain offices as low as that of sheriff. This will do them little harm. All persons (by another act) holding offices or trust or profit are precluded from being elected or taking seats in the assembly.

The mortality at New Bern has been considerable & the sickness almost universal. Love to all about your fireside, except Alexander to him my compliments.