To William R. Davie,
We, reposing special Trust and Confidence in your Valour, Conduct and Fidelity, do by these presents constitute and appoint you to be Lieut. of a Company of Horse in the District of Salisbury.
You are, therefore, carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of Lieutenant by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging, and we do strictly charge and require all officers and Soldiers under your Command to be obedient to your Orders as Lieut. And you are to observe and follow such Orders and Directions from Time to Time as you shall receive from your superior officers, according to the rules and Discipline of War, and the Laws of the State.
Witness Richard Caswell, Esquire, Governor, Captain General, and Commander-in-Chief, in and over the said State, under his hand and the Great Seal of the State at Charlotte the 5th day of April, Anno Dom. 1779, and in the third year of our Independence.