May it please your Excellency:
I Received your Letter, with the manifesto, &c., by the hands of your messenger, and I think myself in duty bound to obey your Excellency’s Commands in all points required, both from the Zeal I bear the old State and the respect I bear toward your Excellency.
I have sent one of the Duplicates to Coll’l Harden, of Greene County, who still lives there, and the other is now on the way to Coll’l Shelby.
I shall still continue to discountenance the lawless proceedings of my neighbours, and think myself happy in having the Honor to be Your Excellency’s Most obed’t humble Servant,
To His Excellency Alexander Martin, Esqr., Governor of N. Carolina.