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Letter from the Anson County Committee of Secrecy, Intelligence, and Observation to the President of the Provincial Congress of North Carolina
Anson County (N.C.). Committee of Secrecy, Intelligence, and Observation
November 06, 1776
Volume 22, Page 752

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To the Honorable the President of the Congress of North Carolina to be held at Halifax, on the 10th of November, instant:


Inclosed are the Proceedings of the Committee of Secrecy, Intelligence and Observation for the County of Anson, against James Perry, Junr., of the same County, a New-Light Baptist Preacher. This Man’s influence with the People, especially with those of his own Profession, on Account of his being a public Preacher, we conceived rendered his political Doctrine more pernicious in its Consequences, than otherwise it might have been. We therefore have thought it expedient to send him in Custody before the Congress, in Order that he may be dealt with as that Honorable Body shall think proper. He has obstinately refused to give Security for his Appearance before the Congress. His political Doctrine above mentioned which he has notably held forth, appears in his own Examination, and the Depositions of others inclosed. The Depositions of Walton Harris and Burrell Lanier were taken openly in the Presence of the said James Perry, who, as the same were taken down in writing, cross-examined the Deponents, and sifted their Testimony as much as he could.

We are, Sir, with the greatest Respect,
Your most obedient humble Servants,
SAM’L SPENCER, Chairman.
By order of the said Committee.

Anson county, 6th of Novr., 1776.