P 850 William Stanley Esq to Gov. Abner Nash.
Newbern, 10th June 1780
I have repeatedly Offered those who were empowered to impress Horses their choice of Nine which I have on my Plantations, but they have as often been refused, though by far more serviceable than my Town Horses.
I will, with pleasure, Sir, furnish two able Horses, and will order my Servant immediately to attend any person you may please to appoint, tho shew the Horses on my Plantations, Out of which he may take his Choice. I have in Tow a sett of Horses & two Mares with Foal. I should think it exceedingly hard to have either of them impressed.
Your Excellency may be assured that on all occasions nothing in my power shallb e wanting to promote the public service & to convince you that I am
Your Excellency’s mo. Obedient Servt., WM. STANLEY
p943-944 The Governor laid before the Board the petition of John Harper, which was recommended by a number of respectable gentlemen, inhabitants of Bladen, New Hanover and Brunswick counties, praying a reprieve or respite of the said Harper's execution, who was condemned at the last Superior Court of Law for the District of Wilmington of murder, to be executed on Friday, the 11th of this instant. The Board taking the said petition into consideration, do advise his Excellence to grant a reprieve for the said Harper till Wednesday, the 20th January next.