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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Joseph Walker to Richard Caswell
Walker, Joseph
November 20, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 683-684

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Campden County, Nov. 20th, 1777.

Dr Sir:—

I embrace this opportunity by Col. Burges to inform your Excellency the success I had in recruiting since I received your orders.

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Recruited myself 9 men, by Lieut. Daley, 4 men, Ensign Grandy 4 men.

Ensigns Carstaphen & Hair, neither of them met at the place of Rendez-vous on the first day of this Instant, according to orders, which makes me not able to find your Excellency a proper return of the Regt: as the warrant I had on the Treasurer was for only one hundred pounds, it is recruited out, and I have some of my own, that I shall make use of, till I can get more of the public money. I should be glad if your Excellency could send me by Col. Burges, a warrant, or a bill which I think I can fill. The reason I did not wait on your Excellency is it bids fairer now to get men, than it has done for this some time past, & might lose more by coming, and the orders Mr. Daley brought me did not mention any particular time to make a return, and it is very expensive. There are several old recruits now in this quarter. Deserters coming in and Ensign Davis Grandy has not yet been furnished with any money from the public to recruit Men with, he has advanced his own to four men, would be glad to be furnished when I am, bnt neither of us will lose a man, for want of money. If we have none of our own, we have some good friends to the cause, that will lend rather than lose a Soldier. I should esteem it a favor if your Excellency will let me know by Col. Burges when I must make a return to your Excellency. I am with the greatest respect very humble servant.

JOSEPH WALKER Capt. 7th Regt: