His Excellency ARTHUR DOBBS, Esq.; Captain-General, Governor, and Commander in Chief, in and over the Province of North-Carolina.
WHEREAS, The Honorable James Murray and John Rutherford, Esqrs. have issued a great Number of Notes for Money, and thereby promise that the same shall be accepted from the Bearer in Payment of Quit-Rents, and Arrears due to his Majesty, in the several Counties in this Province, and have issued the same with Intent that they should be received as a Currency, without having any lawful Authority for so doing; which undue Practices, if suffered to be carried on, must tend to the depreciating the present Paper Currency of this Province, as by Law established; notwithstanding the said John Rutherford's Remonstrance to the Lords of Trade, shewing, That the Paper Currency, tho' not very plenty, is calculated to destroy the Credit of the Province abroad, and defraud the Inhabitants at home: For Remedy whereof, I have, by and with the Advice and Consent of his Majesty's Council, issued this my Proclamation, hereby forbidding the several Receivers of his Majesty's Quit-Rents, and the several Sherifs of the respective Counties in this Province, to receive the said Notes or Bills in Payment of any Arrears, Sum or Sums of Money, that now is, or hereafter may become due, for his Majesty's Quit-Rents, or any Public Taxes in this Province.
GIVEN under the hand, and the Great Seal of the said Province, at Newbern, the fifth Day of December, in the Thirty First Year of his Majesty's Reign, and in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Seven.
By his Excellency's Command.
Richard Fenner, Dep. Sec.
GOD [SAVE THE] KING.