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The aforementioned book says "Legends" and the Mecklenburg Declaration is certainly a legend. However, I agree with Dr. Powell and believe that while they may have discussed it, they did not pass it, and the Resolves are what was actually passed. And they borrowed from Jefferson, not Jefferson from them. Adams and Jefferson were on bad terms when the Declaration was actually discovered and Adams was up to mischief in hi s first comments. He later recanted or clarified that Jefferson wrote the thing and did not steal it. i believe you are wise to not take sides on this issue.


I have a youth group and are trying to find different was to teach our youth helping others. We would like to be able to visit an Orphanage and learn of different live styles. We would also like to bring things that are needed to be able to help out. Our mission is to help others and do what we can to help. I am teaching them that it is always good to help and not receive. Would we be able to visit your Orphanage and if not do you know of one that we could? We are from Laurinburg, NC and a small group of youth from our church.


I recently purchased a rare book titled: LEGENDS OF THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE AND OF THE EARLIER SETTLEMENTS IN THE WEST, First Ed., By T. Marshall Smith, Pub. in 1855 by J.F. Brennan, Louisville, KY.

Chapter IV, pages 45-53, establishes the time and date (10:00 am, 19th day of May, 1775) as the first day of the two day Mecklenburg Convention. This chapter also, lists some of the key participants who attended the Mecklenburg Convention, including: Abraham Alexander, (Presiding), J. Alexander McKnight and Dr. Ephraim Brevard, (Secretaries). Speeches were delivered on the 19th by Rev. H.J. Balch, Mr. Kennon and Dr. Ephraim Brevard. (The actual drafting of the Mecklenburg Declaration on the 20th of May 1875, is attributed to Dr. Ephraim Brevard).
Chapter V, pages 54-60, are devoted to the resolutions of the Mecklenburg Declaration as presented by Dr. Brevard. The Convention of Mecklenburg selected Capt. James Jack to deliver a copy of the Mecklenburg Declaration to Philadelphia, where he placed it in the hands of that distinguished member from Virginia, Thomas Jefferson, almost a full year before the July 4th, 1776 Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.
Chapter VI, pages 61-67 are devoted to the letters between Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The author, T. Marshall Smith, concludes Chapter VI by stating he personally saw and knew the Rev. Hezekiah James Balch, one of the committee of three who reported to the Mecklenburg Convention, the declaration of that body on 20th April1775. The only conclusion I can draw from the information in this book is that Thomas Jefferson used some of the key thoughts and phrases from the Mecklenburg Declaration when drafting the National Declaration. i believe President John Adams had it right!


I was wondering if you could add the North Carolina Folk Festival to the Folk Festivals page. You can find information about it here:


Hello! I am the Outreach Coordinator for Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft in Columbia, NC.
I have noticed that you have no reference to our school, studios and gallery. Pocosin Arts has been a Columbia, NC fixture, located on the Scuppernong River for 25 years.
I would very much like to contribute an article. Thank you and I look forward to hearing for you!


I did not see a reply to my request on July 30 so wrote again today. If a reply was sent I did not see it. thankyou!


Hi Gillian --

Thank you for trying again!  I am replying to you via email!

Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library


hello, I am a Historic Bath volunteer from Beaufort county. In preparation for the coming 300th anniversary of Port Bath 1715-2015 beginning August 2015-2016 I have researched primary sources suitable for articles about Port Bath 1700-1730, including but not limited to the following: Port Bath history, known vessels, known merchants, known tradespeople, known children and young apprentices. I also have written a prototype series of vignettes about the young people drawn from primary resources.

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