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Letter from Richard Ellis and James Ellis to Richard Caswell
Ellis, Richard, fl. 1765-1790; Ellis, James
February 09, 1778
Volume 13, Page 36

From Executive Letter Book.

New Bern 9th Febry 1778.

Dear Sir,

We congratulate you on the safe arrival of the B. New Bern, she has not yet got up, therefore can give you no particulars, I have neither seen Capt. or accts, should be glad to know in a day or two, what to do with your part of the Cargo. Burgoyne being taken, got to England about 4th December, all confusion there. The new Gov'r for N. Providence and a number of passengers which came over with him, declared there will be a cessation of arms proposed soon, only a majority of 33, in the house of Commons against America being declared Independent. They have with some difficulty passed a vote for money for another Campaign, but North and his Hell cats were much put to it, on his being pushed hard he begged that if they would not grant money for another Campaign, that they would for the purpose of bringing home the Troops. So far for News which came by Capt. Cochran Amitt and others in 10 days from New Providence.

We are with great esteem Dr Sir, your Excelly's mo. ob. Servts,