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Commission to appoint Waightstill Avery et al. as commissioners to negotiate a treaty with the Cherokee Nation
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
June 12, 1777
Volume 15, Page 704

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State of North Carolina.

To Waightstill Avery, William Sharpe, Robert Lainer and Joseph Winston, Esquires, Greeting:

Out of the Assurance We have of your Integrity, Abilities and Fidelity to the State, We do hereby appoint you the said Waightstill Avery, William Sharpe, Robert Lanier, and Joseph Winston, Commissioners on the part and behalf of thir State; to act in conjunction with the Commissioners appointed by the States of Virginia and South Carolina, or either of them, in establishing a Peace, and fixing a Boundary Line between the Cherokee Indians and the White People.

You, or any two, or more of you, are therefore, to proceed to Long Island, on Holston, on the 26th day of this Instant, or at such Time, and place as may be agreed upon by the Commissioners of the aforesaid States, for the purpose aforesaid; And you, or any two, or more of you, are hereby invested with Competent power, to Negociate the aforesaid Treaty, and any Acts by you, or two, or more of you as in Conjunction with Commissioners of the other States, or the Commissioners of either of them, done, shall be Obligatory on this State.

Witness, Richard Caswell, Esquire, Governor, Captain General and Commander in Chief of the said State under his hand & Seal at Arms at Newbern, the 12th day of June, Anno Dom., 1777. And in the first year of our Independence.

By His Excellency's Command.