1798 NORTH CAROLINA Sheriff Summons GEORGE REED Signed ADLAI OSBORN Rev War Col.

Offered here is a 1p. partly-printed DS, 8" x 6 1/4", dated May 13, 1798, a State of North Carolina, Rowan County, sheriff summons, commanding him "... to summon Jn. Wadkins & Jacob Beck personally to appear before the Justices... on the 1st Monday of August next... on behalf of George Reed ina certain matter of controversy depending between George Reed who is plaintiff and Joseph Clark Esquire defendant...," signed Ad. Osborn (Clerk) and on verso N. Chaffin (Sheriff). Folds, some edge wear, light toning-- overall very good. ADLAI OSBORN(E) (1744-1814), lawyer and political and educational leader, was the son of Alexander Osborne, of New Jersey, a prominent frontiersman of Rowan County, N.C. Osborne early began an active public life in Rowan County. He signed an anti-Regulator petition during that uprising, against which his father and father-in-law assumed commanding positions. On 30 July 1772 he was appointed clerk of the Rowan Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, and he soon established a law office in Salisbury. As hostilities towards the British grew in the Piedmont, Osborne became more involved in the Revolutionary movement. He was appointed a member of the Rowan Committee of Safety (November 1774) and served as its clerk; with William Kennon, he seized lawyer John Dunn, a suspected traitor, to send him south. On 9 Sept. ... read more