To Edmund Porter Esqre late Judge of Vice Admiralty Court in No. Carolina
My Lords Commissrs for Trade and Plantations have received from you and considered a Representation and other papers containing complaints of the proceedings of Capt. Burrington Govr of His Maj. Province of North Carolina against you as a Member of His Maj. Council there and Judge of the Vice Admiralty Court and have transmittedr Burchett for the information of the Lds Commrs of the Admiralty.
I herewith send you by their Lordships Order an extract of what Capt. Burrington has writ to them by way of complaint against you at the same time I am likewise directed to transmit to him copies of your forementd Representation and other papers and that my Lords may be enabled to make a judgment of the true state of this affair I have by their command acquainted him that their Lordps expect he should return to them such depositions and proofs in his own behalf as he should think convenient giving you at the same time full liberty or any other persons concerned to make affidavits before any Judge or other Magistrate of what they know concerning the subject matter of the said Complaints and such Judge or Magistrate be likewise enjoined to summon such persons as the complainants respectively shall name in order to give their testimony in this affair. Mr Burrington is further directed to interchange with you true copies of the Proofs and Affidavits so soon as they shall be made which you are likewise to observe on your part and that twenty days be allowed to make his & your reply by affidavits or otherwise to be in like manner interchangeably communicated to each other and afterwards transmitted hither without loss of time.