The power of attorney which follows is of record in Secretary of State - Council Minutes and Inventories, 1677-1701 (a volume in the North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, N. C.), p. 158.
Know all Men by these presents that I Sarah Drumond Widdow & Administratrix of the estate of Mr. Willm. Drumond deceased, have made, ordained, constituted & appointed, and by these presents doe ordaine, constitute & appoint my loveing son John Drumond my true & lawful Atturny for mee and in my Name to ask, demand, Levie, recover and receive all such debts marchandize money, goods & tobacco as are due belonging or apertaineing to mee from any person whatsoever in the province of Carolina and albemarle, Giveing my sd atturny full power and authority to arrest, sue, imprison or implead any of the above mentioned Debts and upon receipt of any of the aforesd Debts them to acquitt and discharge & out of prison to release & finally to doe or cause to bee done any Act or Acts as bee shall thinke convenient toward the recovery of the said debts in as full & ample manner as if I my selfe were personally present holding firme & staple what my sd Atturny or the Atturnys which hee shall make shall lawfully doe or cause to be done in or about the premises firmly by these present. In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & Seale this tenth day of Octor. Ano 1679.
Sarah S Drumond
Signed and sealed in
James Citty Virga. the tenth day of Octor. Ao Domi 1679 Anoq Car. Secus. Regis 31 &c Came personally the above Named Mrs Sarah Drumon before mee & signed & sealed the above letter of Atturny, and for the better confirmation of the same desired by attestation my Certificate werefore I doe Attest the same.
Hen. Hartwell dty. Notary Publiq.