and rumor added a purpose of inviting the negroes
Chap. XLVI.} 1775. July to Oct.
The spirit of resistance, quickened by the tidings which came in from Bunker Hill
, extended itself more to and more widely and deeply.
On the waters of Albermarle Sound, over which the adventurous skiffs of the first settlers of Carolina
had glided before the waters of the Chesapeake
were known to Englishmen, the movement was assisted by the writings of young James Iredell
, from England
; by the letters and counsels of Joseph Hewes
; and by the calm wisdom of Samuel Johnston
, a native of Dundee
, a man revered for his integrity, thoroughly opposed to disorder and to revolution, if revolution could be avoided without yielding to oppression.
The last provincial congress had invested him contingently with power to call a new one; on the tenth of July he issued his summons to the people of North Carolina
to elect their delegates.
But two days later, Dartmouth wrote from the king: ‘I hope that in North Carolina
the governor may not be reduced to the disgraceful necessity of seeking protection on board the king's ships;’ and just then Martin
slunk away from land, and took refuge on board the Cruiser
On the eighteenth a party came down, and, encouraged by the presence of John Ashe
and Cornelius Harnett
, set the fort on fire before his face, and within reach of the guns of the man-of-war.
As soon as the deliberations at Philadelphia
would permit, Richard Caswell
, a delegate to the general congress, hastened home to recommend and promote a convention, and to quicken the daring spirit of his constituents.
He had with reluctance admitted the