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Letter from George Brown, John Smith, and William McRee to Richard Caswell
Brown, George; Smith, John; McRee, William
August 27, 1777
Volume 11, Page 756

GEO BROWN & OTHERS TO GOV. CASWELL
[From MS. Records in office of Secretary of State]

Bladen County 27th August 1777

These are to certify that the bearers, John Hanna & William Mactur, have behaved themselves honestly, & justly as Merchants since they came to this Country, and we never heard any person say any thing to the Contrary, and we believe that their motive for leaving this Country is more on Account of Settling their affairs with their Partners in Europe, than any dislike they have to be Subjects of this State, therefore we hope your Excellency will give them a permitt to Protect them in case they should be taken by Privateers or any Continental Vessels, on their way to the West Indies, or Europe, & your Excellency will very much Oblige

Your Excellencys
Most Obedient & very Humble Servants
GEORGE BROWN J. P.
JOHN SMITH J. P.
Wm. McREE.