To John Penn, Cornelius Harnett and John Williams Esquires.
Whereas the General Assembly have Elected you Delegates to attend the Congress of the United States. These are therefore to Commissionate, Authorize & Impower you the said John Penn, Cornelius Harnett and John Williams to attend the said Congress of the United States of America, in behalf of this State, from and after the—day April last for one year unless sooner recalled by the General Assembly. And you are hereby invested with such powers as may make any Act done by you or consent given, in the said Congress, in behalf of this State obligatory (upon every) Inhabitant thereof.
Witness Richard Caswell Esquire, Governor, Captain General & Commander in Chief of the said State, under his Hand and Seal at arms at New Bern the 2nd day of May Anno. Dom. 1778, and in the second year of our Independence of this State.