Letter from Edward Dowse to William Blount
Volume 20, Pages 625-626
MR. EDWARD DOWSE TO HON. WILLIAM BLOUNT.
(From Executive Letter Book.)
New York, February 28th, 1787.
Of the Tobacco belonging to the State of North Carolina 540 Hogsheads were carried down to Wilmington before I left Cross-Creek; 315 Hogsheads were lying at the South of Roanoke, that is to say, two Hundred Hogsheads at Lockhart’s warehouse near Edenton, & the remaining hundred and fifteen at Ryan’s, about two Miles from Lockhart’s. In John Gray Blount’s warehouse is stored all the rest of the public Tobacco, viz: 320 hogsheads making altogether 1175 hogsheads.
As to the quality of it I had a very good character of such part of it as was sent from the Inspection at Campbell’s town, whether that
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comprehended the whole that was then at Wilmington I really can not recollect. In regard to the Parcel at the Mouth of the Roanoke I could get no particular information respecting it, whether it is in good or bad order I cannot say, but I received a dismal account of that which was at Tarborough and Washington. The Tobacco I was told was Originally good but has been almost ruined by Exposure, it having lain several weeks uncovered in the open rain so that it was expected that near one third of it would be found soiled upon a reinspection.
This is the best information I can give you upon the Subject of your enquiry. With Sentiments of esteem and Respectful attachment.
I am your most Obedt. Servt.,