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Letter from Allen Jones to Richard Caswell
Jones, Allen, 1739-1807
February 08, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 35-36

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Febry 8th 1778.


I this day was honored with two of your letters, one of the 11th of Jany, the other dated the 1st Inst. which I hope will be a sufficient apology for not writing sooner.

I wish it was in my power to recommend to your Excellency a person properly qualified to command the Guard to be stationed Halifax, but I assure you, Sir not one occurs to me, at present that I think adequate to that service. I shall go to Town to-morrow morning and consult the Gentlemen there—I know a person that I think would be very assiduous, but doubt whether he would accept of a Lt's Commission, as he has hitherto acted as Captain but I shall do my endeavour to prevail on him, or some other good man, and send him down to your Excellency immediately.

The late Assembly employed William Amis as a contractor to lay in provisions for the Regulars who should be from time to

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time, at Halifax (and I think for the Guard but am not certain) and ordered him the sum of £500, which he received, and has laid out together with some of his own money. As this is the case I make no doubt but he will supply the Guard, 'till the next Assembly as he will have the State's provision in his hands, and is convenient to Town. Indeed he is much the most proper person in this neighborhood. I will see him to-morrow if possible, and write your Excellency in my next.

Nothing new in this part of the State. The news relative to Canada, seems to want confirmation.

I am with great respect your Excellency's most Ob. Servt.