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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Lewis Hicks to Richard Caswell
Hicks, Lewis
November 07, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 672-673

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Topsail, Nov 7th, 1777.

Worthy Sir:—

Your Excellency will please to accept my Commission as a Resignation, as I find it not consistent with my constitution, hope

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you will think the best of me you possibly can, as I am apprehensive I could not go through the Small Pox with safety, so late in the year, and my income not equal to the expense. I think it most prudent not to risk my life, as my body is very delicate of late by a series of Colds, one on the back of another, since I saw your Excellency, by which I am not equal to the task sometimes. Acknowledge my hearty thanks for your friendly preferment, am sorry cannot answer your good expectation, therefore must beg you'l excuse your Obedient, relinquishing a Commission in so laudable a cause,

and am with esteem your humble servt.