To His Excellency Richard Caswell, Esq., Governor and Commander in Cheif in and over the State of North Carolina, and to the Honorable the Members of the Council in said State:
The petition of Patrick Morgan humbly sheweth:
That your petitioner was a passenger on board the brigantine called the Sally, lately commanded by Capt. Richard Howson, who, on his passage from Jamaica to Bristol, was taken by the Buckskin privateer, under the command of Capt. Joseph Hardy and brought to the harbor of New Bern, where the said brigantine was by the definitive sentence and decree of the Honorable Court of Admiralty condemned and confiscated. And, as your petitioner is desirous of seeing his friends in Europe, he humbly prays that your Excellency and Honors will grant him such leave, permission and pass as will enable him to visit his native country without molestation, either by way of France or otherwise. And, as in duty bound, your petitioner will every pray.