To His Excellency Rich'd Caswell Governor and Commander in Chief over the State of North Carolina.
To His Excellency Richard Caswell Esqr. Governor and Commander in Chief, in & over the State of No. Carolina. We the Subscribers hereto most Humbly Sheweth, Hopeing your Excellency will grant us some Redress, that are much Distressed by Two Vagabone young men, that Resorts our Neighbourhood Near the line of Pitt and Dobbs, on little Contentney, as their manner of living is by pilfering and Stealing of Hogs, which has been proved against them, & sheep, & bells, & anything they Can, & doing Mischief to peoples Creatures, they both have been Drafted Twice, & run away, & lay out first in one County & then in the Other, till the Companyes Macht, & then they will skulk about and & be at their Mischief again, they makes their brags that they will not goe into the Service, they Never are Subject to any Military Disipline whatever, they Never assign any Test, their Names is William Lambort, & Noah Smith White, this Lambort, & his Brother, by all account kill'd a man to the Southward, & Run away for it, his Bror, listed in the Service and des'd, & this followed the same Exercise there, & Now when any officer Comes to take them they shift from one County to the Other, & so keep out of any Officers way, they Generally keeps private and lyes out, Except amongst their favourites, your Humble pertitioners, beg your Excellency if you please, to give some Order from under your hand, to take them if Possible, & have them put in the Service, that they may do some good for their Country, as they are Very Prejudicial to this place, we Humbly beg your Excellency, Patiently to Receive our Unworthy Complaint, as it will Render much Satisfaction to this Neighbourhood, to be freed, from the Tyranny of such Pestilent fellows, here is one more, we hope your Honour will give us leave to Inform your Excellency of one Henry Lambort, Lately Come in the place, & is a great Confederate of theirs, he has Lately Deserted the Service at Charles Town, we would Humbly