Whereas His Excellency Gabriel Johnston Esqre Governor of His Majesty's Province of North Carolina hath appointed me Surveyor General of the said Province I do hereby promise to be accountable upon demand for all the fees or profits that shall arise or become due on the return of Warrants and to pay to Captain Samuel Woodward of the said Province one moiety or half of said fees when I receive it and one half of the salary when received as witness my hand and seal this 4th day of March 173⅞
William Houston Surgeon & Apothecary living in New Hanover County in North Carolina maketh oath upon the Holy Evangelist that he is perfectly acquainted with the hand writing of Mathew Rowan Esqre one of His Majesty's Council in this Province and late Surveyor General of His Majesty's Lands in this Province. And further that to the best of this deponent's knowledge and belief the above writing is a true and exact copy of an Instrument or agreement entered into the 4th of March 173⅞ between the said Mathew Rowan and Samuell Woodward late Collector of the Port of Brunswick. That this deponent has at present the aforesaid Instrument or agreement in writing between the said Mathew Rowan & Sam: Woodward in his possession & that he is not only fully acquainted with the hand writing of the said Math: Rowan but also with the hand writing of John White Bladen County one of the subscribing witnesses to the said recited agreement entered into between the said Mathew Rowan and Samuel Woodward.
William Houston who has signed the above writing appeared before me Rufus Warfden Notary Publick & Tabellion Lawfully admitted and sworn dwelling in the Town of Wilmington in North Carolina and made Oath on the Holy Evangelist to the truth of all that is contained in the above writing to which he the said William Houston has signed his name in Testimony Whereof I have affixed my seal of my Office this 19th day of May 1744.