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Source: Petition to Establish Town of Hallsborough, Duplin Co., Nov. 1818 General Assembly, Session Records, November-December 1818. To The Honorable, The General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of the County of Duplin. Respectfully Sheweth that the Lands on the Lower Side of Limestone Rock near the Mouth of the East Side of the North East of Capefear River is a healthy Situation and well calculated for the Establishment of Several Stores which might lend Greatly to the Corsetiere and advantage of Great part of said County. Your Petitioners therefore pray that your Honorable Body will take the Subject into Consideration and pass a law to Establish a Town on the lands of William HALL, Senr. and sons Situated as above Stated by the Name of Hallsborough, and your Petitioner as in duty bound will Ever Pray. November 1818. John BISHOP Thomas KENADY A. Newkirk Lewis JONES Wm. PEACOCK Edward HOUSTON John HOUSTON Merril WILLIAMS Danl. SOUTHERLAND, Junr. Merit MANNING William HALL, Sr. Lewis HALL Abraham HALL Nicholas HALL Joseph T. RHODES A. PEARSALL John CARR Hillary BISHOP Thomas P. HALL Felix KENEDY James SIMPSON Levin WALLER Soloman SOUTHERLAND Samuel SOTHERLAND Alexr SOUTHERLAND David BROCK Martin MANING A Bill to Establish a Town on the Lands of William HALL, Senr. & Sons, in the County of Duplin. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of North Carolina, and it is herby enacted by the Authority for the same, that Nicholas HALL, Thomas P. HALL, John FARIOR, Nathan WALLER, Archibald MAXWELL, & Samuel HOUSTON, Thomas KENNEDY (crossed out) be and they are hereby appointed Commissioners for the purpose of laying off a town on the lands of William HALL, Senr. & sons, on the lower side of Limestone Creek near the Mouth on the East Side of the North East of Cape Fear River, in the County of Duplin, by the name of Hallsborough, and it shall be the duty of said Commissioners or a Majority of them, as soon or may be to lay off & exhibit a fair plan of said Town in acre or half acre lots, on such part of the lands of the said William HALL, Senr. & Sons, as they or a Majority of them may think proper; and when the said lots shall be so laid off, the same shall be at the entire will & --- disposal of the aforesaid Commissioners, and the money arising from the sale of said lots shall be applied to the use of the said William HALL, Senr. & Sons. Provided that the consent of the Proprietors of the Land shall first have been obtained. Provided, further that the said William HALL, Senr. & Sons, shall at and before the laying out & selling the lots of the said Town, execute to the Commissioners aforesaid a good and sufficient title in fee simple to the lands upon which the said Town of Hallsborough is to be established. In Senate, Dec. 1818, Read the first Time and passed, By Order HENDERSON, Clrk. In Senate Dec. 11, 1818 Read the first time and passed By Order Robert WILLIAMS, C.S. In. H. COMMONS 23rd. Dec. 1818. Read the second time, amended and passed. By Order HENDERSON, Clk. In Senate, Dec. 24th, 1818 Read the second time and amended and passed. By Order Robert WILLIAMS In Commons 25 Dec. 1818. Read the third time and passed By Order. Honorable Comm. In Senate Dec. 25th, 1818. Read the third time and passed and Ordered to be ---- By Order. Robt. WILLIAMS, C.S. A Bill to Establish a Town on the Land of William HALL, Senr. & Sons in the County of Duplin.