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Letter from Jesse Read to Richard Caswell
Read, Jesse, 1744-1820
August 31, 1777
Volume 11, Page 601

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LIEUT. JESSE READ TO GOV. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Bath, August 31st, 1777.

Sir:—

This to acquaint your Excellency that I am by order of Col. John Williams, to continue in this State as a recruiting officer for the 5th Battalion: and his orders to me was to apply to you for recruiting instructions and money, which Capt. Stedman will receive for me, as I am at present not able to ride to Newbern.

Sir, I verily believe that, if you should send me the money, and immediately, I can recruit a good many men. I have lately recruited six men without having a farthing of the public's money.

Sir, I remain Your H'ble Serv't.,
JESSE READ,
L't. in 5th Battalion.