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Letter from John Ashe to Richard Caswell
Ashe, John, 1725-1781
July 27, 1777
Volume 11, Page 541

[From Executive Letter Book.]

July 27th, 1777.

May it please your Excellency:

I have but a moment of time to acknowledge the receipt of your favour by Mr. Caswell, and to say that I shall punctually observe your instructions. Your favour of the 15th instant came to hand the evening before last, just as I was going to bed. I sent off dispatches to the Cols. of the several Counties of this District yesterday morning, directing them to call G. Musters, and to make their draughts immediately. As soon as their returns are made I shall forward them to your Excellency. I have heard nothing more than what you are pleased to communicate, with regard to the Insurgents, I believe the intention is or was by most of the Tories in this State perhaps the news from the North may discourage them. You'll be pleased to excuse this hasty scribble from

Sir Your most respectful humble Serv't.,