By His Excellency SIR GEORGE GREY, Knight Commander of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, Governor and
Commander-in-Chief in and over the Colony of New Zealand and its Dependencies, and Vice-Admiral of the same, &c., &c.
BY virtue of the Power and Authority in me vested by an Act of the General Assembly of the Colony of New Zealand, intituled “The Militia
Act 1858.” and reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your Loyalty, Courage and Good Conduct
I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint you
Thomas Edward Gordon
to be Captain in the Napier Cavalry Volunteers
You are therefore carefully and diligently to discharge all the duties of Captain in the said Volunteers :- and the Officers of inferior degree to yourself – and the Soldiers – are hereby respectively commanded to obey you as their Captain and you are to observe and follow all such lawful Orders and Directions as – from time to time – you may receive from me or the Officer Administering Her Majesty’s Government in this Colony, for the time being : or from any other your Superior Officer – for the Public Service.
Given under my Hand, and issued under the Public Seal of the Colony, at Government House, Auckland, this twentieth day of August in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixty three.
[Signed and stamp of seal]