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Letter from Simon Alderson to Richard Caswell
Alderson, Simon
June 08, 1777
Volume 11, Page 490

[From Executive Letter Book]

Bath, June 8th, 1777.
May it please your Excellency:

I was one of the number ordered from Halifax recruiting, and exerted my utmost in that way. I have sent four recruits to head quarters, and four deserters belonging to the different Regiments. In the course of my excursions in the country, I have found out that a number of the inhabitants as well in this County, as in Hyde, have discouraged men from inlisting in the service. I have made application to the Magistrates, which I observe is invested with full power by an act of the last Assembly, to detect such villany from being carried on: But, through neglect to the printer to the Honourable House, can have no redress.

Under these circumstances, I pray your Excellency will permit me to depart from this State, to the Grand Camp, commanded by his Excellency General Washington. Your Excellency's permission will ever oblige

Your most ob't. humble servant,
Capt. 5th Reg't.
His Excellency Richard Caswell.