“It is said that upon the arrival of so unusual an importation at Wilmington, the authorities,
struck with the dress and language of the
newcomers, required MacNeil to enter into
a bond for their peaceful and good behaviour. Perhaps the war-like spirit of the Celtic race struck the Wilmingtonians with such terror as led to the demand of the bond.
Our intrepid countryman managed to evade the demand and ascended the Cape Fear with this band of his countrymen. …”
- Weekly Raleigh Register -