State of North Carolina.
Whereas, In the present critical situation of the American contest, It would be dishonourable to this State, highly injurious to the Public Service, and may possibly involve ill consequences of the most serious nature to America at large, that the Officers of the Troops raised as the Quota of this State for the Continental Army should quit their posts and resign the revered offices to which they have been appointed. and the Assembly from the representation of their Delegates having reason to apprehend that many Resignations may take place unless some measures are immediately adopted to prevent the same.
This House therefore, do, in the most positive and express manner, Resolve and declare that all, and every Officer of the Troops raised in the State of North Carolina who shall, unless for good and sufficient reasons certified to the Governor, to be such by the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, resign his Commission at this Critical period shall be held and deemed incapable of holding hereafter any office Civil or Military in the gift of this State; and it is further Resolved, that a Copy of this be forwarded by His Excellency the Governor to His Excellency General Washington,
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