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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Richard Caswell to John Penn
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
September 02, 1777
Volume 11, Page 602

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

New Bern, 2d September, 1777.


Your favor of the 5th August I have just rec'd. Its contents have fully answered my questions respecting the sending out the money. I thank you and your colleagues for your care & assiduity in that business. The money arrived, under the care of Lieut. Allen, at my house in Dobbs about three weeks past. I immediately sent to the Treasurers; they attended, and each received his proportion. The Troops of the first nine Battalions remaining in this State, with the new Recruits, are paid up to yesterday, when they were to proceed on their march to join Gen. Washington. The Artillery Company is also paid up to the same day, and has orders to proceed to Kingston, where the 10th Battalion (raised by Col. Sheppard) is assembling as fast as possible. It consists of, within a very few men, perhaps 6 or 8, of 400 Rank & File. Those with the Artillery Company will be ordered on immediately after their assembling. There are purchased for the Continental use, by Commissioners by me appointed in consequence of a Resolve of Congress, 987 barrels of pork, and 15 barrels of beef, 430 of which are stored at Washington, (the forks of Tar river) and the remainder at this place. I have ordered a few barrels to be delivered to Col. Sheppard's recruits. Congress will be pleased to take such action as they think proper with respect to the remainder. The Resolves of Congress which you inclosed me I shall lay before the Council this morning, who, no doubt, will pay a proper attention to the importnnce of them. The post is waiting, must therefore conclude.

I am &c.,