April 18, 1778
To the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
The Humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the County of Mecklinburg Humbly Sheweth That we your Petitioners is Much Concerned that the State Act Gives so great an opportunity for Individuals to Ingross for themselves Enormous Quantities of Land to the great prejudice of the Poor Inhabitants of this State; and we view it as Dangerous to the Liberties of the whole. And Whereas the Publick Faith is Already Pledged to the Officers and Soldiers Raised in this State for the Continental Army to supply them with Certain Quantities of Land At the Expiration of the War; We Your Humble Petitioners are at Loss to know where the Land Will be found. When When Individuals are Allowed to Secure for themselves Large Quantities. We already have an Instance from which we Apprehend our danger to be very great if not timously Rimidied. As We are Informed and truly Belive it to be [Coss?] that a few Individuals have Entered A great Quantity of Land Over the Mountains to the Amount of Between Twenty and thirty thousand Acres, And Among Other Evils it is very Probably it May draw Uppon Us the Displeasure of the Indians But We hope Your Wisdoms will take some Salutary Measures to deliver Us from our Fears And your Petitioners as in Duty bound Shall Ever pray.
March 22th 1778
Thomas Campbell James Campbell William Hogton Zaccheus Wilson John Ne_ihler William Ross William Hays Robt Morton Jacob Crommer John Farr William Robinson George Tomison Moses Mcwharter Jos. Bger John Willis Amos Balch Christns Goodnight William Wallace David Latto George Chrocrft? Adam Hayes John Lossinger Jas. Bor__ James Wilson John Means Jas. Short Jas. Ross Ephraim Farr Mathias Barnhart Thomas Mock James Scott David Alexander William Means Michal Luis Mo__son Lou__ione? Robert Peterson Joseph Latta Thomas Doyls James Townsend Richard Martin Archibald Woodside Henery goodnight Jos. Plott Richard Pettey J. S. arm__arpe Junr Caleb Holbrook
James Campbell James Harris James Russell Michal Shaver William Harris William Morrison James McGraw John Crunnal James Gardner Richard Oliver Francis Newel John Melker Jas. Alexander John kefer Adam Stearns Nath Giles andrw Corothers henry Ridge John Murphy Daniel winchester John fine James Murphy Thos Mcfadden Jacob Myears Zephoniah Murphy Jas. Camble Jur Daniel garrett Samuel Hemphill William Nen_ely peter Stearns Joseph Patton John McEachon Mathias Myears Hendry hunter Willm Caldwell John A_ple Moses Meek William Taylor Jacob Flouck John Alexander James Love Nicklos grees John Sloan Charles McCalmonnt gbarg file Jos Wallace John Crowmell Goarge Kearker Thos _issler Thos Stewart Mickel Myear Isaac Tellery? Andr Campbell Caleb Blackvelder Jonathan Newman William Winchester Shat___ linb__ Alexander Brown David __vines gotfort? Libe? Thomas Bleckley Jno Love Ealis Bost Jno Bakor Willm Driskell John Thomson James Wallace Jas. Stafford Samuel petterson William Young Joth Rodgers William Robinson Wm. Alexander Robt. Davis Thomas Ferrier Wm Black Jas colt? Moses alexander'Robt Harris Sr