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Petition from Alexander Mebane concerning the defense of Orange County
Mebane, Alexander
1755
Volume 05, Page 365

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[From MSS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

To His Excelly Arthur Dobbs Captain Generall and Commander in Chief of the Province of North Carolina.

The Humble Pettn of Allex. Mebin Major of the Militia in the County of Orange

Humbly Sheweth, That in the absence of the Colln of sd County, your Pettr Thinks it his Duty to lay before your Excelly In this Time of Danger the defenceless state sd County is in, by the want of Officers to Command, The greater part of those formerly in Com̄issn Being Removed, & left the Country, or Refuse to Act, A List of the Captains formerly in Com̄. is as follows viz

John Gray Captain Liveing in ye Country & Acting
James Wattson Captain Liveing in ye Country & Acting
Jos Boggs Captain Liveing in ye Country & Acting
Robt Lytle Captain Liveing in ye Country & Acting
James Dickey Captain gon out of the Country
John Gordon Captain gon out of the Country
Robt Harper Captain gon out of the Country
Michael Dixson Captain who Refuse to Act
Mark Morgan Captain who Refuse to Act

Your Pettr Most Humbly Beggs lave to Recom̄end to your Excelly as proper persons to fill the vacant Coms Viz

Willm Armstrong in place of James Dickey

Lawrence Rambo in place of John Gordon

David Hart in place of Robt Harper

Thos Williams in place of Michl Dixson

Thos Loyd in place of Mark Morgan

Your Pettr Further sheweth to yr Excelly That by the Increas of People Lately Setled in the County it is necessary to Increas the number of companys, and your Pett is of opinion that there is a Suficient Number of Men to make Two Companys The under [named] persons are proper to Command

John McGee Ritchd Parker To Command Two New Companys.

Your Pettr further sheweth to yr Excelly That there are wanting Seven Lievtenants, and Seven Ensigns, Beside those in Comn, But your Pettr can't take on himself to Judge who is most Proper until he Consult ye Severall Captains, and therefore Prays that if your Excelly thinks proper that youl Order Blank Coms for them, as ye Excelly did formerly,

And your Excellys Pettr as in Duty Bound will Pray

ALEXr MEBANE
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