To the Kings most Excellent Majesty
The Lords and others the Proprietors and Agents of the Provinces of Carolina, Bohama Islands, Pensilvania, East and West Jersey and Conecticott in America,
That upon reading and perusall of a Copy of a Representation bearing date the 17th of December last from the Councill of Trade, to your Majesty, the said Proprietors understand the said Councill of Trade and also your Matys Atturny Generall are of opinion that notwithstanding the severall Charters granted to the said Proprietors, Your Maty may appoint and erect Courts of Admiralty in the said Provinces; And that the Lords of the Admiralty did on the 19th of November last represent to your Maty that all the Govrs of your Majesty's Colonies and Plantations had Commissions to be vice admiralls, or might have them if they made application for the same.
The said Proprietors therefore most humbly pray that the Grovernors of the said severall Provinces may have Commissions to be Vice Admiralls with such powers relating to the Admiralty Jurisdiction, as the Governors of your Matys other Plantac̄ons have.
Petition of the Proprietors of several Plantac̄ons in America to his Maty praying that their Govrs may be appointed Vice Admiralls in their respective Governments.