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Letter from Willie Jones to Richard Caswell
Jones, Willie, ca. 1741-1801
March 08, 1777
Volume 11, Page 414

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Mar. 8th 1777.

Dear Sir:—

I am informed by the prisoners of war at Halifax, that the late Convention made an order that they should be sent to the Northward to be exchanged. They have waited with anxious expectation for this order, but as yet it is not come to hand. I observe that the Council of Virginia have directed that all the prisoners of war in that State should be conducted to the Northward by the recruits which are to march for the Continental Army.—As our forces are to march to the Northward soon, the expence of a particular guard for the prisoners might be saved, if the order is forwarded in time. If the Resolution above mentioned was adopted by our Convention, and is to be carried into execution, you will oblige me by sending it as soon as may be, as the prisoners are very very obnoxious to the people here, and for that reason among others very anxious to leave the place.

I am Dr. Sir, your most obed't. and very humble s't.,
His Excellency Richard Caswell,
Governor of North Carolina.