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Petition from Charles McLean concerning loyalists in Lincoln County
McLean, Charles
Volume 15, Page 213

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(No order on it.)

To the Honorable the Speaker and the Gentlemen of the Senate and house of Commons.

Lincoln County, North Carolina.

The petition of your faithful subject

Humbly Sheweth,

That in the month of Febuary last there was a number of the Inhabitants of the said County, and from other Counties, most secretly Collected Together, and, being embodied, forceably Marched off, plundering and Robing and taking prisoners as they went, Bosting themselves that they would soon be victorious after joining the King's forces. Your humble petitioner, being by Duty Bound, Raised a number of the militia for to purshua and interrupt the March of the Insurgents, but their March being so pressed could not overtake them. The people employed in pershute being disappointed in overtaking them, and Being Cautious of a Reward Due them from those treators of the said State, and finding nothing else but some of the property of the saide insurgents, Laide hold of several horses Creators and fetched them in with them; & your humble petitioner, not knowing how to proceed for the safety of the people That was thus Concerned, I thought Best to put these Artickels to Sale, and took Bond to the governor in Name of the State. These I lay Before your Honorable Body, for your Wisdom and mercy to me, to save me from the persecution of those that would, your humble petitioner, with submission to your Honorable Body, would Lay Down his Commis. to and take up his musket; and to Convince your Honerable Body that it is not any Disappointment to said State or County, there is a gentleman ready to make application for the same.

I am, your humble servant to command,