Richard Caswell, Esqr. Governor and Commander in chief of the said State. To Francis Locke, Esqr. Colonel of the Rowan Regiment of Militia.
Whereas a petition has been exhibited to me in Council against Capt. John Johnston of your Regiment, complaining of his undue and illegal execution of his office as Captain, I therefore, (in pursuance of the advice of the Council of State) require you to call a Board of the officers of your Regiment to enquire into the conduct of the said Capt. Johnston in the premises, which Board after hearing the testimony of witnesses as well on the part of the Petitioners as of Capt. Johnston are to reduce the same to writing with their opinion respecting the premises, and return the same with the Petition herewith delivered to me in Council certified under the hand of the President of the said Board as soon as the same is practicable.
Given under my hand and the seal of the said State at Hillsborough the 10th day of August Anno Domini 1778.