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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Thomas Burke to Richard Caswell
Burke, Thomas, ca. 1747-1783
February 05, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 374-375

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Feb'y 5th

This day it was resolved in Congress that Col. Nash should be appointed a Brigadier General, that he should proceed to the Western part of the State, and expedite as much as possible the recruiting service, and that the several Battalions of Continental Troops in North and South Carolina should join General Washington as soon as may be after the fifteenth of March. It was proposed to request your assistance in forwarding the recruiting business,

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but we observed that you were already sensible of the necessity of such an exertion of your interest and influence, and being so well inclined to serve to your utmost power the cause of America, there is no need to remind you of it. I know, Sir, you will omit nothing in your power to assist so necessary service, and I hope through your efforts the North Carolina Battalions will come into the field as complete as those of any state.

The Congress have also resolved that five hundred thousand dollars be advanced to our State when your warrant shall be produced, agreeable to the ordinance, and when such warrant arrives, I shall use every diligence for expediting the remittance.

I am &c.,