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Petition from William Butler concerning his pardon
Butler, William, fl. 1768-1773
Volume 09, Page 99

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

To His Excellency Josiah Martin, His Majesty's Captain General, Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Province of North Carolina, and to the members of His Majesty's Honourble Council

The petition of William Butler Humbly Sheweth that, your Humble petitioner, by means of my own unwarrantable behaviour; being influenced by others to Commit Sundry outrages against the Laws of this government; and am now in a state of outlawry; to the great grief of myself; and the Ruin of my family; it is with the utmost abhorance that I Reflect on the proceedings of the people formerly Called Regulators, being fully Convinced that the principles which they had espoused were Erroneous, and therefore most Sincerely promise never to engage in the like again; Humbly hoping and begging that you in your great wisdom and goodness will procure my pardon and your Humble petitioner as in Duty bound will ever pray

WILLIAM BUTLER.