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Letter from Richard Caswell to Thomas Burke
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
June 11, 1777
Volume 11, Page 495

[From Executive Letter Book.]

New Bern 11th June 1777.

Dr. Sir:—

I yesterday did myself the honor of writing to you by Monsr. Le Chl. D'Erford, a French officer sent over by Dr. Franklin with five others in the service of the States, who all set out the same day for Congress. I informed you I had furnished them with horses, carriages, and cash, and that when I got an account of the whole, I would transmit the same to you to be laid before Congress, and that I should draw on the Continental Treasury for the amount. Mr. Richard Ellis of this town undertook to furnish them, and having an opportunity of disposing of bills has prevailed on me to draw in his favor for 700 dollars in part of those expenses, and also in favor of Messrs Arrell, Copper, and Arrell for 140 dollars. These drafts will be sent on with this letter, I imagine, and therefore request you will on receipt thereof make application to Congress for an order that they be discharged. The whole account I promise to transmit you, so soon as I am furnished with it, with the necessary vouchers. Mr. Harnett, I hear, is expected to town to-night, in his way to Congress: by him I expect to write.—

The Council is sitting here,—nothing worth writing now occurs.

I am with the greatest esteem and regard,
Dear Sir, your most obedient servant.
The Hon. Thos. Burke.