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    • Carolina Charter

    • 1663
    • The Charter of 1663, composed of four pages, marks the beginning of organized, representative government in the province of Carolina. In the 1580s, English adventurers had attempted to colonize the area now called North Carolina, but they had...
    • Charles II, King of England, 1630-1685.
    • Speculation lands collection (1752-1930)

    • 1752; 1753; 1754; 1755; 1756; 1757; 1758; 1759; 1760; 1761; 1762; 1763; 1764; 1765; 1766; 1767; 1768; 1769; 1770; 1771; 1772; 1773; 1774; 1775; 1776; 1777; 1778; 1779; 1780; 1781; 1782; 1783; 1784; 1785; 1786; 1787; 1788; 1789; 1790; 1791; 1792;...
    • The Speculation Land Collection consists of nearly 800 documents related to land ownership in Western North Carolina in the early 1800s. The documents help shed light on the acquisition and sale of the "Speculation Lands," some 400,000 acres in...
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    • James Iredell, Sr., Diary, August 1770; November 1773-February 1774

    • 1770; 1771; 1772; 1773; 1774
    • Iredell’s diary begins in 1770, the year he read law under Samuel Johnston, the nephew of a former royal governor, and was successfully licensed at Edenton to practice law in the inferior courts of North Carolina. The diary ends in early 1773,...
    • Iredell, James, 1751-1799.
    • John Adams, Thoughts on Government Letter

    • 1776
    • John Adams on his ideas concerning a plan of government for North Carolina. Before returning to Halifax in late March for a meeting with Provincial Congress, William Hooper, and John Penn separately asked Adams's advice. Adams wrote down his...
    • Adams, John, 1735-1826.
    • Register of Deeds records, Duplin County, N.C.

    • 1784; 1785; 1786; 1787; 1788; 1789; 1790; 1791; 1792; 1793; 1794; 1795; 1796; 1797; 1798; 1799; 1800; 1801; 1802; 1803; 1804; 1805; 1806; 1807; 1808; 1809; 1810; 1811; 1812; 1813; 1814; 1815; 1816; 1817; 1818; 1819; 1820; 1821; 1822; 1823; 1824;...
    • Searchable database from the Duplin County Register of Deeds, including records for births, deaths, marriages, and notary public records. Users must complete an online application for a free account before searching land records from 1784-current. ...
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    • Letter from George Washington to Governor and Council of State, 1789

    • 1789-06-19
    • George Washington took his country's presidential oath of office in April of 1789. Prior to North Carolina's second Constitutional Convention, which ratified the federal Constitution, President George Washington addressed the this letter to the...
    • Washington, George, 1732-1799.
    • Letter from George Washington to Governor and Council of State, 1789

    • 1789-06-19
    • George Washington took his country's presidential oath of office in April of 1789. Prior to North Carolina's second Constitutional Convention, which ratified the federal Constitution, President George Washington addressed the this letter to the...
    • Washington, George, 1732-1799.

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