Richard Caswell, Esquire, Governor, Captain General and Commander in Chief, in and over the State of North Carolina, to The Sheriff of Craven County, Greeting:
Whereas, Jean Baptiste Petry, Vice Consul of France for this State in a certain Controversy lately before him between Frederick Rheinslvald in behalf of Jacques Coulongnac & Company and Xavier Martin, Subjects of his most Christian Majesty, did by his Sentence in the month of February last at New Bern in the State aforesaid finally determine that the said Xavier Martin should pay unto the said J. J. Coulongnac & Company the sum of five hundred & eighty-nine pounds fourteen shilling and eleven pence North Carolina Currency. And
Whereas, The said Vice Consul hath besought me to cause the said sentence or determination to be carried into execution. You are therefore in virtue of an Act of the General Assembly of the State aforesaid entitled “an Act for protecting and encouraging the commerce of nations acknowledging the Independence of the United States of America,” passed the tenth day of May Anno Domini, 1780, and by the advice of the Council of State, hereby Commanded and ordered to carry the sentence or determination of the said Vice Consul in the case aforesaid into effect by taking the body of the said Xavier Martin and keeping him safely in your Custody until the amount of the said sentence or Determination be satisfied, unless otherwise released and make due return hereof.
Given under my hand & seal at Kinston the 7th day of November, Anno Domini, 1786.