George the Second by the Grace of God King of Great Britain France and Ireland Defender of the faith and soforth,
To the Honorble James Hasell Lewis Henry De Rossett and William Ross Esqrs
Know ye that we reposing special Trust and Confidence in Your Loyalty Integrity Skill and Ability Have constituted and Appointed and Do by these Presents constitute and Appoint you the said James Hasell, Lewis Henry De Rossett and William Ross Justices of the Supreme Court of Justice Oyer and Terminer and General Goal Delivery for the Counties of New Hanover Bladen Duplin Onslow and Cumberland to be held at Wilmington on the fourth Tuesdays in August and February Yearly Hereby Giving and Granting to you and Each of you full Power and authority together with the Chief Justice of our said Provice to hold the Supreme Courts of Justice Oyer and Terminer and General Goal Delivery at the Place and times aforesaid And in Case of the Disability or Absence of our said Chief Justice or where he shall be a party in any suit That you the said James Hasell Lewis Henry De Rossett and William Ross or any Two of you may hold the said Court at Wilmington aforesaid at the times When by law the same are and ought to be held in like manner as if the said Chief Justice were Present in Court and Generally to act and do in your and Each of Your said Offices as to the Duty thereof doth Legally Appertain. To have hold Execute and enjoy the said Office During our Pleasure and Your Residence in our said Province.
Witness &c., at Newbern the Twenty Sixth Day of May in the 30th Year of our Reign and in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and fifty seven.