JOSEPH STEBBINS 11
I N C O N G R E S S.
The DELEGATES of the UNITED COLONIES of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts-Bay, Rhode-Island, Connecticut, New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Counties of New-Castle, Kent, and Sussex on Deleware, Maryland, Virginia, North-Carolina, and South-Carolina, to Joseph Stebbins Esquire
WE reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your Patriotism, Valour, Conduct and Fidelity, , DO by these Presents, constitute and appoint you to be Captain of a company in the 7th Regiment, commanded by Colo Brewer
in the Army of the United Colonies, raised for the Defence of American Liberty, and for repelling every hostile Invasion thereof. You are therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the Duty of Captain by doing and performing all Manner of Things thereunto belonging. And we do strictly charge and require all Orricers and Soldiers under your Command, to be obedient to your Orders as Captain And you are to observe and follow such Orders and Directions from Time to Time, as you shall receive from this or a future Congress of the United Colonies, or Committee of Congress, for that Purpose appointed, or Commander in Chief for the Time being of the Army of the United Colonies, or any other superior Officer, according to the Rules and Discipline of War, in Pursuance of th Trust reposed in you. This Commission to continue in Force until revoked by this or a future Congress.
July 1st 1775By Order of the Congress,
Attest. Chas Thomson Secy John Hancock PRESIDENT.