His Excellency George Burrington Esqre Captain General and Governor in Chief in and over His Majesties Province of North Carolina.
To George Martin. Henry Bonner Isaac Hill and Thomas Lovick Esqrs, Greeting
By virtue of his Majesties Commission appointing me Captain General and Governor in Chief of the said Province with full power and authority to commissionate and appoint all Officers Civil and military within the same and being commanded by his Majesties Royal Instructions to choose Persons of good abilitys for assistants Justices and Majistrates in the said Province. Out of the assurance I have of the Loyaltyrs during Pleasure to be assistant Justices of the General Court of the said Province which Court you or any two of you are hereby impowered together with the Chief Justice of the said Province to hold at such times and places as by Law are or shall be appointed for holding the same with full power and authority with the said Chief Justice to hold Plea hear and determine all causes real personal or mixt of what kind or nature soever arising or happening within said Province to be there heard and determined and generally to act and do whatsoever to the office and duty of assistant of said Court doth or may belong with as full and ample power as any assistant Justices or associates of said Court have had used and enjoyed in all things proceeding according to the Laws customs and usuages of this Government and as near as may be agreeable to the Laws and Customes of Great Britain. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said Province to be hereunto affixed at the Council Chamber in Edenton the 27th day of July. In the fifth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King George the Second. Anno. Dom: 1731.
Note by Gov. Burrington.—Copy of the Assistant Justices Commission: Note the first that was made out is not to be found and its supposed Mr. Smith carryed it off with him as he clandestinely took away the King's Warrant to me to appoint him Chief Justice.