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Letter from Richard Caswell to Allen Jones
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
March 07, 1777
Volume 11, Page 410

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[Executive Letter Book.]

New Bern, 7th March 1777.

Dear Sir:—

I rec'd. your favour of the 18th ulto. a day or two ago. Your conduct respecting the prisoners is very agreeable to me. but I am concerned that Capt. Dickenson has not carried the Resolution of Congress regarding them into execution. I do not know the names nor the number of prisoners who are in this State. When they are all collected at Halifax, if you will be pleased to furnish me with a list of their names, I will certify them, and give a letter of a credence to Capt. Dickinson agreeable to a Resolve of Congress. It will be necessary to certify the quality of the Officers, and to what Regiments they belong. This information you will be pleased to give me. One Angus Campbell who was paroled to Guilford has leave of the Council to retire to Cumberland for the benefit of his health; this man, I am told, is a dangerous person in that part of the conntry. If he is not called to Halifax pray direct Capt. Dickinson to send for him. I flatter myself you will do everything in your power, to get the prisoners collected from every part of the State to Halifax, and then give me notice, that I may perform the duty enjoined on me by Congress. The Council have advised me to direct that the Treasurers supply the prisoners with money agreeable to the directions of Congress which will make it necessary for me to have information of the sums they have respectively received, and the number of weeks they have been prisoners. This trouble I must also give you. So soon as these things are accomplished, be pleased to send me information by express, when I shall delay no time in doing what is incumbent on me,

I am with great respect and sincere regard,
Dear Sir. your most obed. serv't.,
Brig. Gen. Jones.