To the Kings most Excellent Majesty in Council
The humble petition of the Members of your Majesty's Council of North Carolina,
Humbly sheweth unto your sacred Majesty that your Province of North Carolina being of large extent and the most of your Petitioners being settled at a considerable distance from Newbern, the present seat of Government where all Publick Business is transacted and Assemblies, Councils, Courts of Chancery and Courts of Claims for lands are held
Your Petitioners therefore humbly represent to your Majesty that no Salary or provision is made of any kind to enable them the better to attend their Duty, and thō their Loyalty to your Majesty and your Illustrious House and their Zeal for your service will always prompt them to exert themselves to the utmost of their Power and Ability upon all occasions yet the expence attending it being very considerable at a time when your Province labours under great Taxes and many inconveniencies arising from the present War and state of affairs in America renders it almost too heavy for them to bear.
And as your Majesty has been graciously pleased to order an allowance to your Majesty's Council in our neighbouring Province of Virginia, and as your Majesty's Quit Rents in this Province will in a short time greatly exceed the present Establishment We humbly hope your sacred Majesty will take the Premises into your Royal consideration and do therein as in your great Wisdom shall seem meet