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Letter from Richard Caswell to Cornelius Harnett
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
January 11, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 6-7

[Executive Letter Book.]

Newbern 11th January, 1778

I did myself the honor to write you by Capt. Folger whom I met on the road the 27th ulto. since which I received your favor of the 3rd Dec., enclosing a Copy of a Resolution of Congress, respecting our old paper currency which I shall take care to lay before the General Assembly at their first meeting which is now appointed to be on the first Monday in April next, when I have not the least doubt the Legislature will pursue the measures therein recommended by Congress.

Your favor of the first Novr. enclosing resolve directing a General Thanksgiving has been properly attended to, and the resolve carried into effect here.

The resolve you did me the honor to enclose the 5th November, directing a Monument to be erected to the memory of the brave General Nash, I shall cheerfully use the most effectual means in my power to carry into execution in the speediest manner so as to accomplish the views of Congress.

To carry the resolve of Congress into execution which I received under cover of your favor of the 25th November; I have borrowed from the Treasurer of the Northern District in this State 10,000 dollars & draw in his favor on the Continental Treasury for the same, these I hope Congress will direct to be paid when presented, and if I find it will be in my power to lay out further sums on the same account, the Treasurers here are directed by the General Assembly to furnish me with 15,000 dollars more, for which I shall also give bills on the Continental Treasury. The persons I have employed are directed to buy at the following prices, viz:

Deer skins in the hair, at 6 shillings per lb.
Deer Skins, Indian dressed and trimmed 12 shillings pr lb.
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Tanned Leather 8 shillings pr lb.
Good Strong Mens Shoes 24 shillings per pr. Dollars at 8 shillings.

These are great prices here, but high as they are I fear these articles will not be purchased in any considerable quantities at those prices even, I shall therefore wish to be advised as soon as may be, if I may venture to exceed them.

The several matters recommended in the papers I had the honor to receive with your favor of the 20th November, were on the receipt of them immediately laid before the General Assembly who came to several Resolutions thereon, a Copy of which is enclosed, which will show the sense of the Legislature respecting these matters.

I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Sir,
your most obedient and very humble servant,