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Letter from Richard Caswell to Robert Smith
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
July 27, 1777
Volume 11, Page 538

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Dobbs, 27th July, 1777.

Dear Sir:—

Since writing to you this morning I am induced to believe from information I have received from the Westward, that the Tories there have been some time assembling under pretence of going to Cross Creek to take salt there stored, but I rather fear they will attempt to get possession of our magasine at Cape Fear? Col. Williams with the continental Troops which were at Halifax, are on their march against them, and I shall order Col. Sheppard's Battalion to join him, but as they are new recruits and without arms, I must beg, if you can furnish 300 stand, to send them out by Col. Dauge's recruits, who are ordered immediately out, and also the two Field Pieces Mr. Hews had bro't in for public use, with every appendage thereto, and other warlike instruments you may think we shall stand in need of, which will not too much retard the march of those Troops.

I am &c.
Robert Smith Esq.