George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c:
To our Trusty and Well beloved John Palin Esqre Greeting.
We reposing especial Trust and Confidence in the Loyalty and Fidelity and Ability of you the Said John Palin Esqre and out of our meer motion certain knowledge and Special Grace Have ordained constituted and appointed and by these Presents do constitute ordain and appoint you the Said John Palin Esqre by the name and Style of Chief Justice or Judge of our Said Province of North Carolina to hold and determine in our General Court of Said Province all Pleas as well Civil as Criminal and all other Pleas whatsoever arising and happening within ourre full Power and authority to do perform and execute all Acts matters and things whatsoever which in our Said Province to the Office of a Chief Justice in anywise belong or appertain and in as large and ample manner to all intents and purposes as any Justice of any of our Courts of Westminster or any of the English Plantations in America may or ought to perform or Execute To have and to hold the Said Office of Chief Justice in our Said Province during our Pleasure Together with all Fees Perquisites Priviledges Liberties Immunities and Casualties belonging to the Said office. In Testimony whereof we have caused these presents to be done under the Great Seal of our Said Province. Witness our Trusty and Well beloved George Burrington Esqre Captain General and Governor in Chief in and over our Said Province at the Council Chamber in England the 27th day of July in the fifth year of our reign Anno: Dom: 1731.
Note by Gov. Burrington.—Copy of Mr. Chief Justice Palin's Commission who was appointed when Chief Justice Smith withdrew and left his Post without leave the King's Warrant to Smith being only during his residence in the Province and so on his quitting it the post was vacant.