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for North Carolina Historical Review Vol. 17 Issue 4, Oct 1940
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North Carolina was the twelfth state to ratify the Federal Constitution on November 21, 1789. Ratification was a contentious issue in the state due to a well-organized Anti-Federalist movement which blocked ratification at the Hillsboro Convention on July 21, 1788. The article reviews the politics of the era and the mollification of Anti-Federalists between conventions.
Reprinted here are a number of letters between Thomas Oliver Larkin and North Carolinians from New Hanover County. Correspondence between Larkin and North Carolinians concern the ten years he spent in the state as a businessman and his desire to settle old debts and renew friendship among those he met in the state. The letters are part of the Hubert Howe Bancroft Library at the University of California. Larkin is a notable figure in United States history for his role in helping the nation purchase California.
The Horse Society was a combination protective agency, insurance company, and fraternal order founded on November 10, 1798 in the Winston-Salem area. Members could pay the group to protect personal items from everyday thieves, a flourishing business model until 1874 when expenditures exceeded revenue and the society disbanded. Documents belonging to the society are now stored at the Wachovia Historical Society and some of which are reprinted in this article.