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Letter from Richard Caswell to John Ashe
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
March 13, 1777
Volume 11, Page 427

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Dobbs County, 13th March 1777

Dear Sir:—

It is with extreme concern that I inform you I have this moment rec'd information from General Moore, that the march of the Troops to the No'ward is like to be delayed on account of the Commissaries' not being able to supply the necessary provisions on the road, for want as Mr. Mallett suggests is his case, of being supplied from the Treasury with cash. I hope you have been able to sell bills so as to enable you to furnish them with the currency; if that has not been the case. I flatter myself they will take bills on the Continental Treasury, which I can have no doubt you will be justifiable in granting them to a reasonable amount; and lest you should not have received my letter wrote some time past by Col. Blount, I inclose a duplicate of a warrant I sent to Mr. Johnston, some few days past, which was done in consequence of a Resolve of Congress, a copy of which is at the foot of the warrant. This appears by that resolve, to be necessary previous to the Treasury making any payments to our Treasurer's orders; therefore I thought it expedient to send such warrant forward as soon as possible; indeed it was intended to have gone with Col. Blount the day of its date, but he has declined going to Baltimore, where the Treasury is now.

For God's sake, give every assistance in your power to facilitate the marching of the Troops. We do not know how necessary their assistance may be in the Jerseys; and as the Assembly is near, I hope we shall then be able to reduce any other warrant, or mere matter of form for these purposes, sufficient to justify our conduct in these particulars.

I am &c.
To John Ashe.