State of North Carolina
To John Penn, Cornelius Harnett & John Williams Esqrs.,
Whereas, The General Assembly have elected you Delegates to attend the Congress of the United States,
These are therefore to commissionate, authorize and empower you the said John Penn, Cornelius Harnett and John Williams to attend the said Congress of the United States of America in behalf of the State for one year from and after the—day of April last, unless sooner recalled by the General Assembly, and you are hereby invested with such powers as will make any act done by you on consent given in the said Congress, in behalf of this State, obligatory upon every inhabitant thereof.
Witness, Richard Caswell, Esq., Governor General and Commander in Chief of the said State, under his hand and seal at
By his Excellency's command.