Submitted by Sloan Mason

    From the Fayetteville Observer, of Sept. 14.
    Two of the gentlemen who went from this place to Clinton on Monday night, have this moment 
    returned, there being no danger, though the existence of the plot is clearly established.  We 
    have procured from one of them the following statement, drawn up by himself yesterday at 
    Clinton.  It is worthy of entire reliance:
    On Sunday the 4th inst, the first information of the contemplating rising of the blacks, was sent 
    from South Washington.  The disclosure was made by a free mulatto man, to Mr. Usher of 
    Washington, who sent information to Mr. Kelly of Duplin.  It appears from the mulatto’s 
    testimony, that Dave, a slave belonging to Mr. Morissey of Sampson, applied to him to join the 
    conspirators, stated that the negroes in Sampson, Duplin and New-Hanover, were regularly 
    organized and prepared to rise of the 4th October.  Dave was taken up, and on this testimony 
    convicted.  After this conviction, he made a confession of the above to his master, and in 
    addition gave the name of the four principal ring-leaders in Sampson and Duplin, and several in 
    Wilmington, named several families that they intended to murder.  Their object was to march 
    by two routes to Wilmington, spreading destruction and murder on their way.
    At Wilmington they expected to be reinforced by 2000, to supply themselves with 
    arms and ammunition and then return.  Three of the ringleaders in Duplin have been taken, 
    and Dave and Jim executed.  There are twenty-three negroes in jail in Duplin county, all of 
    them no doubt concerned in the conspiracy.  Several have been whipped and some released.  
    In Sampson 25 are in jail, all concerned directly or indirectly in the plot.  The excitement 
    among the people in Sampson is very great, and increasing; they are taking effectual measures 
    to arrest all suspected persons.  A very intelligent negro preacher named Davie, as put on his 
    trial to-day and clearly convicted by the testimony of another negro.  The people were so much 
    enraged, that they scarcely could be prevented fro shooting him on his passage from the 
    court-house to the jail.  All the confessions made induced the belief that the conspirators were 
    well organized, and their plans well understood in Duplin, Sampson, Wayne, New-Hanover and 
    Lenoir.  Nothing had transpired to raise even a suspicion that they extended into Cumberland 
    or Bladen, except that Jim confessed that Nat, Col. Wright’s negro (who has been missing 
    since the discovery of the plot) had gone to Bryant Wright’s in the neighborhood of Fayetteville, 
    to raise a company to join the conspirators.  The rumors respecting a large force having  been 
    seen collected together, are unfounded, tho’ there seems no doubt but that small bands have 
    been seen.  I cannot believe that any danger is to be apprehended, where the  citizens are so 
    constantly on the watch, and pursue such vigorous measures towards the offenders.  The 
    militia are assembled in ample force.
    We would suggest that those into whose hands this handbill may fall, to destroy after 
    reading it.
    SOURCE:  Duplin-Vermont Gazette, 9/27/1831

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