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Letter from Richard Caswell to John Rutledge
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
July 03, 1777
Volume 11, Page 508

[From Executive Letter Book.]

New Bern, 3d, July, 1777.

Dr. Sir:—

The bearer Major De La Port, a French Gentleman in the service of the United States of America appointed in the State of Virginia, comes well recommended to me by the Governor of that State. He is on the business of recruiting, has been somewhat successful here. From his assiduity and conduct I am inclined to think he will answer the purpose of his appointment. He has enlisted six men in this place and sent them on to join his party in Virginia, thinks he may be able to raise some recruits from among his countrymen in Charlestown for which place he is new setting out. This Sir is to introduce him to your Excellency and I flatter myself he will meet with such countenance from you as his conduct and the importance of his employment may deserve. He calls himself Major, but is recommended to me as Captain.

I have the honour to be with the greatest respect and esteem,
Dr. Sir, your &c.
Pres't. Rutledge.
S. Carolina.