Source: Colonial Records Written: 1778 Acts of the North Carolina General Assembly, 1778 April 14, 1778 - May 02, 1778 Volume 24, Pages 154 - 183 CHAPTER XXIV. An Act to impower the Justices of Duplin County to take into their Possession the Records of said County, now in the Possession of James Sampson. I. Whereas it is represented by the Justices of Duplin County, that James Sampson, heretofore Clerk of the same County, upon the Appointment of William Dickson to that Office, refused to deliver up to the said Court the Records and other Papers belonging to the County; that among the said Records are many Wills, Inventories, and Settlements of Estates, which contain the only Evidence of the Property of great Numbers of Persons, particularly of Orphans; and that on the Dockets are many Suits yet undetermined, and many Judgments which remain unsatisfied, to the great Injury of the Inhabitants of the said County, and others: In order therefore that the Records may be restored to the proper Office, that the injured may be redressed, and the obstinate and wilful brought to a Sense of their Duty, and a proper Respect for the Laws; II. Be it Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby Enacted by the Authority of the same, That the Justices of the said County be appointed, and they, or any Three or more of them, are hereby authorized and impowered to demand and receive of and from the said James Sampson, and of and from every other Person or Persons who are or may be in Possession of the same, the Records and other Papers of the said County; and upon the Refusal or Neglect to deliver the same, then the said Justices, or any Three or more of them, shall and may issue their Warrant, directed to the Sheriff and other Officers of the same County, commanding him the said Sheriff or other Officers to take with him such Force as he may think necessary, and to apprehend the said James Sampson, and such other Person or Persons as may have the said Records, or any of them, in Possession, and him or them commit to the common Goal of the said County until the Records shall be produced and delivered up; and also impowering the Sheriff, and other Officers of the said County, to make diligent Search in all suspected Places within the same County for the said Records and Papers, and for that Purpose to break open Doors and Locks where they are suspected to be concealed. III. And be it further Enacted, by the Authority aforesaid, That all Fees and Sums of Money which may hereafter be paid into the Court of Duplin County, upon any Suit depending, or Judgment not satisfied, on the Docket, detained by the said James Sampson, as well such Fees and Monies which are due to the said James Sampson as to others, shall be paid by the Clerk of the Court for the Time being to the Person or Persons to whom the same shall appear to be due.
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