Thomas Haywood Esqr Commander of His Majestys Sloop Martin appeared at this Board, and desired His Excellencys leave, to communicate the part of his Instructions from the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty that relate to this Province, which were read accordingly, and His Excellency was pleased to Order the same to be entered in the Council Journals, as follows, Vizt
By the Commissioners for Executing the Offices of Lord High Admiral of Great Britain and Ireland.
Whereas we have appointed His Majestys Sloop under your Command to attend upon the province of North Carolina, and to cruise upon the Coasts thereof from Cape Hatterass to Cape Fear,
Upon your arrival at that Province you are to communicate these our instructions to the Governor and Council thereof, with whom you are from time to time to advise and consult in what manner the said Sloop may be best employed in guarding the Coast, and securing the trade bound to and from that Colony from any attempts of Pirates, or others, and you are to govern yourself therein, according to what shall be agreed on, as far as you shall judge the same may be done without apparent danger to the said Sloop, using your utmost endeavours to take or destroy any Pirate Ships or Vessells that may come upon the Coast.
You are to hold a constant correspondence with the Commanders of His Majestys Ships and Vessells, which shall from time to time be stationed at South Carolina and Virginia; And if at any time you find that Pirates too strong for the Sloop you Command infest your Station, you are immediately to send notice thereof to the Commanders of the said Ships and Vessells, who will thereupon repair to your Assistance; And if they should at any time send the like notice to you of Pirates infesting their Station, you are to repair with the utmost diligence to their assistance, communicating as soon as possible to the Governor and Council of North Carolina the intelligence you shall have received, and the measures you shall have taken thereupon.EDWd HAWKSC. TOWNSENDPIERCY BRETTTo Captain Hayward Commander of His Majestys Sloop, Martin, at the NoreBy Command of their LordshipsPh. Stephens.