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Day 14 of the Convention

Wednesday, January 29, 1868

The Convention was called to order on Wednesday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the Chair. No issues related to public schools were addressed on this day.

Delegates engaged in lengthy debates regarding the authority of courts to enforce contracts entered into before the Civil War. Mr. Tourgee provided a lengthy legal analysis on the taking of property. Mr. Tourgee further asserted – as he had before – that only a provisional government was in place at this time and governmental authority only rested with the military district led by General Canby. No decision was reached.

Mr. Harris, of Wake, gave notice of a resolution to limit speeches, when on motion the Convention adjourned.



Ferrell, Joseph, ed., Compilation of the Official Report of the Proceedings of the Convention (Chapel Hill, N.C.: unpublished manuscript 2007). (See day 8 for fuller explanation of this resource.)

Ann McColl

Ann McColl is an attorney and state constitutional scholar.