To His Excellency Abner Nash, Esquire, Governor & Commanderin-Chief of the State of North Carolina.
The Petition of Israel Bourdeaux, a Citizen of the Independent States of America, and late an Inhabitant of the State of South Carolina:
That your Petitioner hath a number of Brothers, Natives of South Carolina & faithful Subjects of the United States, who have, from the First Commencement of the War between Great Britain & America to its present Stage, uni formly and invariably manifested the Firmest Attachment to the Interest and Liberties of America by standing forth in the defence thereof whenever they were invaded by the Common Enemy; that in Consequence of this laudable and unchangable Disposition, and their last Effort against the Hand of Tyranny, produced by a genuine Sense of their Duty to their Country, and the purest Inclination to support her Cause, they have made a complete Sacrifice of property, and two of them have unfortunately fallen and are now in the power & Hands of the Enemy, experiencing every Species of Hardship & Mortification that the Cruelty & Malice of the Enemy can possibly invent & exercise; that one of these two of your Petitioner's Brothers has a Family and a numerous Train of Dependents, who have none else to look up to for Support, which, from his unhappy Situation, he is at this time unable to afford; that he, having his whole property in Trade, his Vessels in port & his Effects removed a little Distance into the Country when Charles Town was invaded by the Enemy, lost the whole at its surrender except his Household Furniture, which remained in
Your Petitioner, therefore, in the most humble & respectful Manner, begs leave earnestly to solicit your Excellency's kind Interposition in behalf of his said Brother, and that your Excellency will direct that one of the Prisoners now in Newbern should go with the present Flag for that purpose. And your Petitioner, with the utmost Submission & Deference to your Excellency, further begs leave to propose Mr. McKenzie, one of those prisoners, as the most eligible Person; but if your Excellency should see fit that none of those prisoners should go to Charles Town in order to be Exchanged, then your Petitioner would pray that your Excellency will give a Permission for Mr. McKenzie to go in the Flag and remain in Charles Town on his Parole until he can be exchanged. Your Petitioner begs leave to mention the Reasons which have influenced him to make this last request: The first is, that your Petitioner is acquainted with the Person and Character of Mr. McKenzie, as well as with his Connections in So. Carolina; that he knows him to be a good disposed and inoffensive young Man, however different he may be from your Petitioner in point of Political Sentiments, and that he firmly believes within himself that he would not do a thing (was it even in his power) injurious to the Country. The second is that Gratitude will
Your Petitioner rests in flattering Hopes of having one part or the other of the Prayer of his Petition granted,
And shall, as he is in Duty bound, ever pray, &c.