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(NORTH CAROLINA.) Ashe, Samuel. A Charge Given to the Grand-Jury at Wilmington. Letterpress broadside, 11 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches; worn and missing large portions of the margins, also small areas of loss along folds, tape repairs on verso, tape-mounted on top edge verso to mat board; manuscript note in left margin listing the 18 members of a jury and their counties, all being located in the southeastern part of the state. Np, 30 November 1782
The author was a Superior Court judge who had been active in the Revolutionary cause, and later served as the state's governor. Here he explains the role of the jury at a trial for treason. He begins "It is unquestionably one of the greatest earthly securities to live under a well instructed and regulated Government, where the laws are made the Rules of conduct, and Justice duly and impartially administered." He discusses Tories at length, and discusses his pride "in saying we are now an independant people growing into consequence and raising up our heads among the nations of the earth." One of the state's founding fathers concludes with his hopes that "thousands, and ten thousands, from all the nations of the world will fly to our happy country." McMurtrie's History of Printing in the United States suggests that Wilmington, NC did not have an active press in 1782; the state's only press moved from New Bern to Halifax at some point during that year (pages 348, 355). Bristol B5411; McMurtrie North Carolina 104. 3 copies in OCLC; not in ESTC.
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