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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from James Gillespie to Richard Caswell
Gillespie, James, 1747-1805
July 31, 1777
Volume 11, Page 744

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

Duplin, 31st July, 1777.

Honour'd Sir,

The bearer hereof, Mrs. Gillespie, Informs me that her Husband is in Confinement at Cross Creek. I have known Wm. Gillespie these several years and has no reason to believe him an Enemy to the American Cause, As I passed through Cross Creek Last Winter he expressed much friendship to me and the men I had with me and I have never heard any thing hurtful of him in any way or Cause, I have been informed that he has offered of Allegiance to the State and Security which has been refused, But that he might be released by Inlisting into the Continental Army. (which if so) would be an open fraud to the publick as he is upwards of fifty years of age and Very Infirm pardon my freedom in this and I Conclude with my Best Wishes to you and your family and Am your Excellency's most obed Servt.