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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Richard Caswell to Michael Hillegas
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
March 31, 1778
Volume 13, Page 79

[From Executive Letter Book.]

North Carolina, Newington 31st March 1778.


I some time passed employed Messrs. Matthew Lock and James Smith of Rowan County in this State, to purchase, agreeable to Resolve of Congress, Tanned Leather, Shoes and Deerskins, and have lately been advised they have advised considerable qualitities of those articles which I have this day wrote to them to send immediately on to the Clothier General at Lancaster. I have furnished money for the purchases, but am apprehensive the wagoners, whom they may employ to carry on what they have purchased may want pay for the wagonage on the delivery at York or Lancaster, and as these Gentlemen reside about 250 miles from me, it will be very inconvenient and expensive to send down to me, after knowing the number of wagons they employ and what will be the amount of the expense for a draft on the Treasury. I have therefore requested them or one of them to give the wagoners orders on you for the wagonage, and to advise you by letter, for the same. These orders I am to request, under the circumstances I now mention you will be pleased to answer. These Gentlemen will send on the number and weight of the articles, but their accounts will be remitted to me, which with the General accounts of the purchases I shall transmit to the Honble the Board Treasury and the Clothier General.

I am, Sir,
Your mo. ob. Servt,