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Letter from Joseph Purnell to Richard Caswell
Purnell, Joseph
April 08, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 83-84

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Edenton, 8th April, 1778.


I did myself the honor to write your Excellency by the latest post, informing you of the arrival at this place of eleven wagons sent by Col: Williams, which I have since sent off without any Guard, with directions to the wagoners to apply to the commanding officer at the first post he comes to for a Guard. I have likewise received a letter from the Honorable the Board of War of the 16th ulto, which amongst others contains the following paragraph:

“The Board are surprised, that they have not heard a syllable from Col. Williams since his departure, and therefore will desire you will enquire what he is about, and write the result of your enquiry to the Board.”

Before I recd this letter I had despatched the wagons sent by Col. Williams, with advice to them of the same, but as he had given neither the Board nor me any intelligence of the terms or expense, and as I understand Col. Williams is elected a member of Assembly, and probably now at New Bern, and also myself waiting with impatience to hear whether or not he can furnish the wagons ordered by your Excellency, I thought it my duty to transmit to you a copy of the foregoing paragraph, and beg to be

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favored as soon as convenient with an answer. I am Sir, with the highest respect your humble servant,