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Letter from Anthony Ward to Richard Caswell
Ward, Anthony
October 20, 1777
Volume 11, Page 658

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Wilmington, Oct. 20th, 1777.


I just received yours of the 29th September and observe the contents, I was informed by Captain St George when the Election was at New Topsail, for the appointment of the officers it was the opinion of many that Capt Killby had the most vote, and he himself told me so, in consequence of that I filled up his Commission as a Captain,—But in eight or ten days after Capt Campbell came to Wilmington & disputed the election, but after some little dispute, they both agreed to appoint a day for a new election, which was accordingly done in the field before the whole Regiment, and Capt Campbell got the most votes, by six or seven. The above is a true state of what happened the second Election, for I was present at the time. But however I have obeyed your Excellency's orders and have given orders for a new Election, as soon as I am acquainted who the officers are that are appointed, I will send you a return of their names. I shall be glad your Excellency will send some more Blank Comm's in to be filled up, as there were not enough for the officers that have been chosen, and there has been one more Company added to the Regiment since the first Comm'r came out.

I am your most obdt huml Servt.