George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King &c. To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting—
Know Ye that we being well assured and satisfied of the loyalty, Integrity and Abilities of our Trusty and Well Beloved Benjamin Turner Gentleman, have Constituted and Appointed, and do hereby Constitute and appoint him the said Benj. Turner Clerk of the Naval or Navy office of our Province of North Carolina. To have, Use and Exercise by himself or his sufficient Deputy or Deputies during our Pleasure all and Singular the Powers and Authorities of Clerk of the Naval or Navy Office of our said Province and to take receive andd and Enjoyed and in all things whatever relative to the duty of Clerk of the Naval or Navy Office aforesaid to Act and do as therewith doth Legally & truly appertain, Provided always that nothing herein contained shall Extend or be Deemed or construed to Extend to the Prejudice or Disadvantage of the office of our high Admiral of Great Britain or of our Admiralty of our Said Province for the time being or of any of the Rights, Priviledges Jurisdictions Powers and Authorities to the same in anywise belonging.
In Testimony whereof we have caused, these our Letters to be made Patent. Witness our Trusty and Well Beloved Arthur Dobbs Esquire Captain General, Governor and Commander in Chief in and over Our said Province under his hand and the Seal of our Said Province at Brunswick the Sixth Day of November 1759 in the 33rd year of our Reign.