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Letter from Richard Caswell to Jacob Blount
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
February 26, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 397-398

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Newington, 26th Feb. 1777.

Dr. Sir:—

I promised myself the pleasure of seeing you this day at your own house. but I was yesterday attacked by my old disorder a giddiness in the head, with a most violent headache and sick stomach. I took a puke and the violence of the operation has rendered me unable to go so far to-day, then I must go to New Bern to-morrow if possible. Since you was here Mr Hooper called on me on his way to home from Congress. He left Dr. Burke there, no news material, all our troops are ordered to the northward to join Gen'l Washington. Mr. Hooper furnished me with a resolve of Congress directing 500,000 dollars to be paid to my warrant; in consequence of which I send you my warrant to be delivered at the Treasury,

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which is at Baltimore. By that I have required the Treasurer to pay to the order of our Treasurers, or Treasurer the am't. You will of course receive your sum in part. I also enclose you a copy of The Resolve of Congress, if the Treasurer has any doubts respecting the payment, he may have recourse to the original in the Secretary's office.

Mr. Hooper's letter you may return me. I send you another letter for Dr. Burke who will give you all necessary dispatch in procuring the money.

Mr. Hooper says the Congress will send a guard out with the money, that your barely sending my warrant would be sufficient. But I think 'twould be most advisable for you to go now as you are prepared for the journey, and it will be attended with much less delay. I heartily wish you a pleasant and agreeable journey, and am &c.

Jacob Blount Esq.