To His Excellency Arthur [Dobbs Governor Capt.] General and Commander in [Chief in and over] the Province of North Carolina.
The Humble Petition of Allex. Mebin Major of the Militia in the County of Orange
Humbly Sheweth,That in the Absence of the Coll[ectio]n of Sd County, your Pett[itioner] Thinks it his Duty to lay before your Excell[enc]y In this Time of Danger the defenceless State Sd County is in by the Want of Officers to Command, The Greater part of those formerly in Comiss[io]n Being Removed & left the Country, or Refuse to Act, A List of the Captains formerly in Com[man]d is as follows viz.
James Wattson Captains Liveing in the Country and Acting
John Gordon Captains gon out of the Country
Mark Morgan Captains who Refuse to Act.
Your Pett[itione]r Most Humbly Beggs leave to Recomend to your Excell[enc]y as proper persons to fill the vacant Com[mission]s viz.
Willm. Armstrong in place of James Dickey
Lawrence Rambo in place of John Gordon
David Hart in place of Robt. Harper
Thos. Williams in place of Michl. Dixson
Thos. Loyd in place of Mark Morgan.
Your Pett[itione]r Further sheweth to yr. Excell[enc]y That by the Increas of People Lately Setled in the County it is Nessesary to Increas the Number of Company, And your Pett[itione]r is of Opinion, that there is a Suficient Number of Men to make Two Com[panies] <Turn over> [torn] Under persons are proper to Command [torn].
[torn], Ritchd. Parker To Command Two new Compa[nies] [torn]
Your Pettitioner further Sheweth to yr. Excell[enc]y That there are Wanting Seven Lieutenants, and Seven Ensigns, Beside those in Com[mission][?], But your Pett[itione]r Cant take on himself to Judge Who is most Proper Until he Consult the Severall Captains, And therefore Prays that if your Excellency thinks proper that youl Order Blank Com[mission]s for them, as yr. Excell[enc]y did formerly,
And your Excell[ency]s Pett[itione]r as in Duty Bound will Pray.