Several reasons hindering me of accepting of the Appointment conferred on me by the Genl. Assembly, of a Troop of Light Horse in the State Regiment I must beg leave of your Excellency to resign the same appointment, in favor of Capt. Robert Gillespie of Rowan; Should your Excellency not condescend to accept of my resignation on these Terms, then I shall make it my business to take command accordingly.
Capt. James Shepperd’s Request.
Salisbury 8th, 1781. Received 15th, Answered 16th.