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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.
    • "Proprietary Concessions Relating to the Lower Cape Fear," 1663

    • 1663
    • Charles II returned the Stuart dynasty to the English throne in 1660 and proceeded to reward his loyal supporters. Eight loyalists of them were rewarded by being named Proprietors of the king's newly established colony, Carolina. The document,...
    • Charles II, King of England, 1630-1685.
    • 1715 Revisal

    • 1715; 1729; 1722; 1723
    • The 1715 Revisal was the first codification of the laws in force at a given time in colonial North Carolina. In addition to the 1715 codification, this manuscript contains all public acts in force (not private laws affecting specific persons only)...
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    • Jeremiah Vail "Plan Of Wilmington, 1743"

    • 1733; 1743
    • Fear River Agreeable to the Original Survey. This Plan represents the Town of Wilmington as laid out by the Original Proprietors of the same in the year 1733 ...." This Wilmington town plan was drawn by Jeremiah Vail in 1743 and probably based on a...
    • Vail, Jeremiah.
    • "Gaelic Charm" [Dougald McFarland paper, 1750]

    • 1750
    • Written primarily in the Gaelic language, this "charm" was intended to protect the believer against evil. On its reverse side is written "Dougald McFarland, Moore County 1750." Since Moore County was formed from Cumberland County in 1784, this was...
    • McFarland, Dougald.
    • 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.
    • Letter of Marque signed by John Hancock, 1776

    • 1776-10-24
    • This Letter of Marque was issued by the Continental Congress on October 24, 1776, to James Powell, commander of the 3-ton schooner, Northampton. It is signed by John Hancock, president of the Congress. A letter of Marque and Reprisal commissioned...
    • United States. Continental Congress.; Hancock, John, 1737-1793.;
    • Holographic Will of John Penn, Granville County, 1784

    • 1784-03-01
    • In this will dated 1 March 1784, John Penn, one of North Carolina's signers of the Declaration of Independence, divides his estate between a son, William Penn, and a daughter, Lucy [Penn] Taylor, wife of a Colonel Taylor. Penn appointed his son,...
    • Penn, John, 1740 or 1-1788.
    • Bill of Rights. United States Constitution

    • 1789
    • The Bill of Rights is the name given to the first 10 amendments of the United States Constitution. These amendments are a series of limitations on the power of the United States Federal government. George Washington commissioned fourteen copies to...
    • United States. Congress (1st : 1789-1791)
    • 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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