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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Petition of John Dalrymple concerning his imprisonment
Dalrymple, John, 1705 or 8?-1766
Volume 06, Page 1000

[B. P. R. O. North Carolina. B. T. Vol. 14. E. 72.]

Memorial of Jno Dalrymple Esqre Commder of Fort Johnston in No Carolina. to the Board of Trade

The Humble Petition of John Dalrymple Esqre Captain and Commander of Fort Johnston in North Carolina.


That the Petitioner having served upwards of thirty years an officer in His Majty's Army was appointed Captain and Commander of Fort Johnston by General Braddock.

That some time after he obtained leave from the Commander of His Majesties Forces then in America to return to England and then by His Majesty's most gracious favour had a new Commission for the said Fort Johnston dated October twenty seventh one Thousand seven hundred and sixty.

That on the Petitioners return to take the Command of the said Fort he waited on Governor Dobbs who with many circumstances of severity put the Petitioner under arrest and confined him in an open Barrack with Sentinels over him on pretence of his having gone to England without his leave although the Govr had superceded him before he went to England and appointed another in his place.

That your Petitioner still continues a close prisoner, the Governor refusing to release him unless he will give it under his hand that he had been disobedient to Orders and broke the Articles of War.

Under these unhappy circumstances your Petitionr humbly begs your Lordships will take his Case into consideration and order such redress as your Lordships shall see meet.

And your Petitioner shall ever pray.

Recd 30th May 1763