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Petition from the Grand Jurors of New Hanover, Onslow, Bladen, Anson, Duplin, Rowan, and Cumberland Counties concerning the defense of North Carolina
Faris, William, ca. 1705-1757?; Harnett, Cornelius, 1723-1781; Et Al.
Volume 05, Pages 334-335

[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. Vol. 12. C. 64.]

To His Excellency Arthur Dobbs, Esqre Captain General Governour and Commander in Chief in and Over His Majesty's Province of North Carolina &c.

May it please Your Excellency,

It is with the greatest chearfulness that we the Grand Inquest for the Counties of New Hanover Onslow Bladen Anson Duplin Rowan and

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Cumberland Congratulate Your Excellency on your safe arrival in this His Majestys Province of No Carolina.

As our Royal Sovereign has made choice of you Sr our Governour and Commander in Chief we Esteem it an Instance of his Paternal care that he has appointed one so well Versed in the Brittish Constitution and who has so much at heart the enlarging the Commerce of it, by every Improvement of the Collonies to the advantage of our Mother Country.

We shall gladly contribute all in our Power to make your Government amongst us Safe, easy and Prosperous, by enforcing the Laws so as to Protect the Inocent and Present the Guilty

It is with great concern Sir that we are under a Necessity, in this our first Opportunity of waiting upon your Excellency to Represent the case of Murder committed by Persons unknown on Seventeen of His Majestys Subjects within our Inquest, where all our Inquiry is baffled, and about Ten persons more missing supposed to be carried off by our Public Enemies or Indians under their Influence The Late unjust Incroachments made by our aspiring neighbours and Inforced by method of a piece with those barbarous Cruelties give us the strongest reason to suspect they have promoted this Inhuman carnage—We doubt not Your Excellency will take all the proper measures to prevent such Massacre for the future.

In order to which we hope your Excellency will be Enabled by the ensuing General Assembly to take Effectual measures for the Defence of this Province against every attack of our restless Enemy who daily Imploy every Engine however barbarous or Inhuman to obtain an universal Monarchy in spite of the most Solemn treaties and Engagements

That your Excellency may live to have a hand in defeating their Ambitious Views and to see this a flourishing and well Improved part of His Majestys Dominions (which we are convinced you have very much at heart) is the most sincere desire & prayer of

Your Excellencys Most Dutiful and Obedient Hum1 Servants
WILLIAM FARIS Foreman
GEO MOORE
Jno D'BOIS
FRED GREGG
CORNs HARNETT
JOHN DAVIS
THOs JENKINS
JOHN STARKEY
Rd FARR
JOSEPH MUMFORD
THOS FINNEY
JOHN GRANGE
GEORGE BROWN
ISAAC JONES
CHAs ROBINSON Junr
EDWd BROWN
RICHARD JAMES
ROBt KNOWLS
JOHN BROWN
DANIEL McDUFFEY.