To His Excellency Richard Caswell, Esq., Governor, Captain-General and Commander in Chief in and over the State of North Carolina:
The memorial of the Commissioners of the town of Wilmington humbly sheweth:
That from the general failure of the crops and the destruction occasioned last season by freshes of the River Cape Fear there prevails
That a ship bound for Jamaica hath lately taken on board a quantity of corn for exportation, and another large ship is about to load with cattle for a British port, and many others may well be expected to follow the same practice unless they are prevented by the interposition of your Excellency’s authority.
Wherefore, your memorialists, on behalf of their constituents, the inhabitants of the said town of Wilmington, do earnestly pray that your Excellency will be pleased to grant an embargo or embargoes on all provisions from the port of Cape Fear, electing such time as you shall deem expedient. And your memorialists will pray, etc.