To His Excellency, Abner Nash, Esquire, Governor of the State of North Carolina, & The Honourable the Members of the Council for the State aforesaid.
The Petition of John Brown, Alexander Mitchell, John Johnson, John McKenzie, & James Provand,
That your Petitioners were captured in the Brig Aggy, Prince of Wales, & Kattie by the private Ship of War, the General Nash, & brought into this Port;
That the allowance by Law to Prisoners is so inadequate to the Expences daily incurred that without the assistance of individuals they could not obtain the necessaries of Life.
Your petitioners therefore pray that they may be permitted to proceed in the first Flag to Charles town, to be exchanged for an equal number of the citizens of that State, or any other of the United States. And as in duty bound Your Petitioners will ever pray.