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Letter from Waightstill Avery to Richard Caswell
Avery, Waightstill, 1741-1821
August 07, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 568-569

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Salisbury, 7th August, 1777.

May it please your Excellency:

To excuse the liberty I take of naming Lieut. Col. Charles McDowell of Burke County as a person properly qualified for the business of an agent for making the necessary preparations for the Treaty with the Middle Settlements, before the next session of the General Assembly, if such Treaty should be appointed. Also the liberty of mentioning Mr. William Sharp and Col. Christopher

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Beckman as persons as well qualified for running the Indian Line, and the Line between the two States, as any I can think of these parts. And it may be also necessary to add a third who is a better mathematician than either of them on the Line between the States, in case either of said Lines are run this Fall. I can assure your Excellency that I do not mention the above Gentlemen, or any of them, because they are my Friends, or that their appointment would confer any particular obligation on me, but only because I do not think of any others so well qualified in these parts. And there appears some necessity for appointing one of the late Commissioners of peace to be at the running and making those Lines agreed at that Treaty. And for the business of holding the new Treaty, I would recommend Mr. Hesekiah Alexander in the room of some two of the old Com'rs., an even number having been attended with some inconvenience.

I am your Excellency's most obed't.
most devot'd H'ble Serv't.,