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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Samuel Johnston to Richard Caswell
Johnston, Samuel, 1733-1816
October 01, 1777
Volume 11, Page 640

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Hayes 1st October, 1777.

Dear Sir:—

The Bearer Mr. Alexander Black, waits on your Excellency to procure a safe conduct for himself and some others, who are about to leave this State under the late Act of Assembly. I take the liberty to recommend them to your Excellency as men of fair character and inoffensive in their conduct, and therefore hope to experience your wonted candour and humanity in expediting the necessary passports. I found myself under a necessity of declining to act as Judge of the Court of Oyer. All the Bar concurred in my opinion.

Enclosed are the last papers. I would have wished to have sent you more particular accounts, but none such are come to hand, which makes me fear there is nothing good for us. I tremble for Philadelphia.

I hope to hear by the return of the bearer, that you & your family are perfectly recovered, be pleased to present my most respectful compliments to Mrs. Caswell, and believe me

with the greatest respect and esteem,
Sir, your Excellency's most Obt Servant,