His Majesty having nothing so much at heart as to improve the great and important advantages gained the last campaign in North Carolina and not doubting that all his faithfull and brave subjects there will continue most chearfully to cooperate with and second to the utmost the large expence extraordinary succours supplied by this Kingdom for their preservation and future security: And His Majesty considering that the several Provinces from Pensylvania inclusive to the Southward are well able with proper encouragement to furnish a Body of several Thousand Men to join the King's Forces in those Parts for some offensive Operation against the Enemy. And His Majesty not judging it expedient to limit the Zeal and Ardor of any of his Provinces by making a Repartition of the Forces to be raised by each respectively for this most important service I am commanded to signify to you the King's Pleasure that you do forthwith use your utmost Endeavours and Influence with the Council and Assemblv of your Province to induce them to raise with all possible dispatch within your Government as large a Number of Men as the Number of it's Inhabitants may allowth of December 1757.
The King is further pleased to furnish all the men so raised as above with Arms Ammunition & Tents as well as to order Provisions to be issued to the same by His Majesty's Commissaries in the same Proportion and Manner as is done to the rest of the King's Forces—And a sufficient Train of Artillery will also to provided at His Majesty's expence for the operations of the Campaign—The whole therefore that the King expects and requires from the several Provinces is, the Levying Cloathing and Pay of the Men and on these Heads also that no encouragement may be wanting to the fullest Exertion of your Force His Majesty is further most graciously pleased to permit me to acquaint you that strong Recommendations will be made to Parliament in their Session next year to grant a proper Compensation for such expences as above according as the active vigour and strenuous Efforts of the respective Provinces shall justly appear to merit.
It is His Majesty's Pleasure that you do with particular Diligence immediately collect and put into the best Condition all the Arms issued last Campaign which can be any ways rendered serviceable or that can be found within your Government in order that the same may be employed as far as they will go in this Exigency. I am at the same time to acquaint you that a reasonable supply of Arms will be sent from England to replace such as may have been lost or have become unfit for future service.
I am further to inform you that similar Orders are sent by this conveyance to Maryland Virginia No Carolina and So Carolina—The Northern Governments are also directed to raise Men in the same manner to be imployed in such Offensive Operations as the Circumstances and situation of the Enemy's Possessions in those parts may point out which it is hoped will oblige them so to divide their attention and Forces as will render the several attempts more easy and successfull. It is unnecessary to add anything to animate your Zeal in the Execution of His Majesty's Orders on this great Occasion where the future and safety and the Welfare of America and of your own Province in particular are so nearly concerned And the King doubts not from your known Fidelity and Attachment that you will employ yourself with the utmost Application and Dispatch in this promising and decisive Crisis.