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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Commission to appoint Peter Henley as Chief Justice of North Carolina
George II, King of Great Britain, 1683-1760; Dobbs, Arthur, 1689-1765
November 15, 1755
Volume 05, Pages 444-445

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

North Carolina—ss.

George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith &c

To Peter Henley Esqr Greeting

We reposing Special Trust and Confidence in the Loyalty Integrity Skill and Ability of you the said Peter Henley Do hereby constitute and appoint you the said Peter Henley Chief Justice of and in our said Province of North Carolina hereby Giving and Granting unto you the said Peter Henley full power and Authority to hold the Supreme Courts of Judicature at such times and places as the same may and ought to be held within our said Province To have hold Execute and Enjoy the said office of Chief Justice during our Pleasure and your Residence within our said Province together with all and singular the Powers Salaries Rights Profits Privileges and Emoluments to the said Place belonging in

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as full and ample manner as any other Person has formerly held or of right ought have held and enjoyed the same. In Testimony whereof we have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent Witness Arthur Dobbs Esqr Our Governor and Commander in Chief in and ovr Our said Province at Newbern under his hand and the Seal of Our said Province the 15th day of November in the Twenty ninth year of Our Reign and in the year of Our Lord 1755

By His Ex'cys Command
Richard Spaight Secty

North Carolina—ss.

These are to Certify that Peter Henley Esqr Chief Justice of sd Province Qualify'd this fifth day of Decer 1755 by taking the Oaths appointed by Act of Assembly for that purpose.