regular force of one thousand men; an organization
Chap. XLVI.} 1775. July to Oct.
of the militia of the colony; an annual provincial congress to be elected by all freeholders; a committee of safety for each of the six districts into which the to province was divided; a provincial council, consisting of the president of the convention and two members from each of the six divisions, as the great executive power.
, who, for the combined powers of wisdom and action, stands out as the foremost patriot of North Carolina
, efficient in building up society on its new foundation, a financier of skill and integrity, a courageous statesman and a man of capacity for war, was detained by the people in their immediate service; and John Penn
, a Virginian by birth, became his successor in the general congress.
The most remarkable subject brought before the convention was Franklin
's plan of a confederacy, which, on the twenty fourth of August, was introduced by William Hooper
; like Franklin
, a native of Boston
; trained under James Otis
to the profession of the law; now a resident in Wilmington
, ‘the region of politeness and hospitality,’ of commerce, wealth, and culture.
was always prompt to respond to the call of her sister Colonies; her convention listened with ready sympathy to the proposition, though it included a system of independence and government, and it was about to be adopted.
But in the committee of the whole house, the moderating prudence of Johnston
interposed; and, by his persuasion, North Carolina
consented to forego the honor of being the first to declare for a permanent federal union.
On Monday, the fourth of September, it was voted, but not unanimously, that a general confederation