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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from William Amis to Richard Caswell
Amis, William
August 22, 1777
Volume 11, Page 586

[From Executive Letter Book.]

August 22d, 1777.

May it please your Excellency:

The most pressing necessity obliges me to dispatch this message to your Excellency for money. The Troops I'm informed are to march to the Northward in a few days, & it will be absolutely impossible for me to supply them, unless I can draw about £2000. I've already mortgaged my own property for the loan of a few hundred pounds, which is now exhausted. I've been the only acting Commissary and supplied all the Troops here since the departure of our army for the Northward. Your Excellency, seeing my distress, will, I hope, order that one of the Treasurers pay into the hands of the Bearer, John Webb, £2000, and I will be answerable for the same. I could not wait on your Excellency myself, having no person here that I can intrust my business with. I act for, & on behalf of my brother, Thomas Amis of Bladen, who was appointed Commissary to the third Reg't.

I am your Excellency's most obed't. & devoted Humble Serv't.,

Inclosed is an order on the Treasury.