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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Commission to appoint Robert Holden as commander of an exploration party in Carolina
Carolina. Lords Proprietors.
February 19, 1679
Volume 01, Pages 239-240

[B. P. R. O. Col: Ent: Book. No. 20. P. 131.]

Sir George Carteret Knight and Barronet Vice Chamberlin to his Majesties househoulde and one of His Majesties most Honourable Privy Councell Pallatine and the Rest of the true and absolute Lords and Proprietors of the Province of Caroliny

Doe hereby During our Pleasures Comissionate apointe and Impower you Robt Holden to march with such men as you shall thinke convenient and are willing to goe along with you into the parts of our province of Carolina that are not already fully discovered either on this side or beyonde the Apaletean Mountaines, and wee Doe hereby Constitute and apointe you the said Robert Houlden to be Commander in cheefe over such men as from time to time shall be willing to undertake any Voyages of Discovery with you and to Exercise such powers Authorites and jurisdictions over the saide men who shall soe march with you as to a Commander in cheefe doth properly belong; hereby strictly requireing the said men to yealde Due obedience to you the

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said Robert Houlden as to their Commander in Cheef; and for the better Government of the said men who shall from time to time Accompany you on any Voyages of Discovery, Wee Doe hereby impower you from time to time to Comissionate and apointe such Inferiour officers under you as to you shall seeme meet and convenient which Comissions are to take place as soon as you the said Robt Holden beginn your March and to cease upon your reenterance into the County of Albemarle; and wee doe hereby strictly Injoine all other persons of our County of Albemarle not to undertake or intermeddle in any discovery unless thereunto Comissionated by you and you are to follow such Instructions as are herewith given you and that you from time to time shall receive from us, Given under our hands and seales this 19th Day of February 1678-9