The American Revolution in North Carolina

The North Carolina Council Extraordinary

On February 10, 1781, the NC General Assembly created the Council Extraordinary and on February 14th, they appointed its three members:

Richard Caswell

Alexander Martin

Allen Jones


Highlights of the Act that established the Council Extraordinary include:

- Whereas it is absolutely necessary, in the present state of public affairs, to continue a council extraordinary, to advise with the Governor in all cases whatsoever.

- Be it therefore enacted that three persons of integrity and abilities be elected by joint ballot of both houses who shall be, and they are hereby constituted a Council Extraordinary to advise the Governor in all cases.

- It shall be lawful for the Governor, by and with the advice of the said Council Extraordinary, or any two members thereof, to take, pursue, and execute all and singular the powers and authorities heretofore vested in the Board of War and Council of State, to call upon the commercial agent, the commissioners of trade, the county commissioners, the commissioners of stores, quarter masters, and all other persons possessed of public property of this State, for any stores or other articles necessary for carrying on military operations; to appoint or suspend occasionally all Militia officers, county commissioners, quarter masters, commissaries and all officers in the staff department; to draw on the treasury and the commissioners of trade for public monies; and finally to do and execute every other act and thing which may conduce to the security, defense and preservation of this state; and the said Council may exercise all other rights, powers and authorities, which the Council of State might have exercised in a state of war.

- The said Council Extraordinary shall be empowered to appoint a secretary to the said Council and make him a proper and reasonable allowance for his services; who shall keep a register or journal of all the proceedings of the treasurers and lay the same before the next General Assembly.

- If any members of the Council Extraordinary should die, remove out of the state, with design to settle without the limits thereof, or refuse to undertake the duties of his appointment, it shall be lawful for the Governor, by and with the advice of the other members of the said Council, to appoint some other person in the room and stead of such member dying, removing, or refusing to act; who shall on accepting such appointment, be invested with all the powers and authorities, that the others are vested with and entitled to.

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