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Thomas Child, a native of England, became the Attorney General of the NC General Court in 1746. Only after a few months, he went back to England because of the unrest and confusion in North Carolina. Child returned to North Carolina by 1750, along with Francis Corbin, as proprietary agents of Earl Granville. Because of mismanagement by Corbin, Child was named in 1760 as exclusive agent for Lord Granville. He was named as NC Attorney General in 1760 and he cleared up the backlog of delayed land grants and represented Chowan County in the General Assembly. Child resigned as Attorney General due to politics, moved to Virginia and maintained oversight of proprietary affairs until the death of Earl Granville in 1763. Child was able to purchase 100,000 acres from the new proprietor and he sold that land in 1767 to the Moravians. Child disappeared from North Carolina and died in England in the early 1790’s.
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This article looks at the involvement of 255 Southern men (11 from or associated with North Carolina) in the English legal intellectual institution known as the Inns of Court, and its associated groups, The Inner Temple, The Middle Temple, Gray's Inn and Lincoln's Inn. The article provides background information for each associated group, and then lists the American Southern men admitted to the institution by state and including their year of admission and the group to which they belonged. The North Carolina inductees mentioned are William Brimage, Gabriel Cathcart, Thomas Child, Sir Richard Everard, Enoch Hall, Henry Eustace McCulloh, Thomas McGuire, Josiah Martin, Sir Walter Raleigh, Benjamin Smith, and Alexander White. Some biographical information on certain members from Southern states follows this list.
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