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Letter from Thomas Burke to Richard Caswell
Burke, Thomas, ca. 1747-1783
June 27, 1777 - July 03, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 507-508

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Philadelphia, June 27th, 1777.

Dr. Sir:—

I have at present time to do little more than inclose you the paper which contains a letter from General Washington shewing the position of each army, and giving some particulars relative to the enemy's retreat from Brunswick. I wrote to you last post, and by a man who went home last week inclosed you all the intelligence which has occurred since the opening of the campaign—I also inclosed the Resolution of Congress relative to Col. Sheppard, and I hope you have received them all. I sent a duplicate of the Resolution for fear of miscarriage.—its substance is that Col. Sheppard's Battallion is received on the Continental Establishment, on the terms stipulated by the Assembly, and ordered, so soon as his three hundred privates are raised, to join the General without delay,

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leaving proper officers to finish the recruiting. The campaign has an auspicious dawning, and I hope will set with great and happy lustre. Give me leave Sir to congratulate you thereon, every post shall be charged with such parts of the progress our arms as can be learned. At present Sir I must bid you adieu.

Having the honor to be your Excellency's very ob't. Ser't.,
Gov'r. Caswell.

This goes by an opportunity to Charleston Enclosed are all the papers containing any intelligence—by another opportunity in a few days I will write again. July 3d 1777.