Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
Volume 09, Pages 1132-1133
[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
At a Council held at New Bern 24th February, 1775.
His Excellency the Governor.
The Honble James Hasell Esquire
The Honble John Rutherford Esquire
The Honble Samuel Strudwick Esquire
The Honble Martin Howard Esquire
The Honble Samuel Cornell Esquire
Captain Collet, Commander of His Majesty's Fort Johnston, presented a petition which was ordered to be read and is as follows, Vizt,
To His Excellency Josiah Martin Esquire, Governor and Commander-in-Chief in and over His Majesty's Province of North Carolina, Vice Admiral of the Same &ca,
The Humble Petition of Captain Collet, Commander of His Majesty's Fort Johnston, Humbly sheweth,
That the timber and fire wood on the Land formerly granted for the use of the said Fort having been since destroyed, the Garrison
of the Fort is very much distressed by the want of it, And whereas there is adjoining to it a large Tract of His Majesty's Land, never yet granted, nor patented by any person, The Petitioner thought it his duty to have a part of the said vacant Land adjoining the Fort's Tract, regularly surveyed, and to lay the Plat of the same, here inclosed, before your Excellency, humbly requesting a Grant of the same, for the use of the said Garrison. Your Petitioner will as in duty bound forever pray &c.
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Fort Johnston, February 16th 1775.
It is ordered that a warrant of survey issue for the said Tract of Land and that the same be reserved for the use of His Majesty's Fort Johnston, agreeable to the prayer of the said Petition.