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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Francis Brice to Richard Caswell
Brice, Francis
April 11, 1778
Volume 13, Page 86

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Wilmington April 11th 1778.


The hurry of business may prevent your Excellency from continuing the Embargo on Provisions, and as the time is nearly elapsed, I am requested by a number of the inhabitants of this Town, to entreat your Excellency (with your better judgment) to continue the Embargo on Flour particularly, as we have the greatest reason to believe, that a quantity of that article is now in readiness to be shipped to Charles Town, as soon as the time expires. We are induced to give your Excellency this trouble, as the price of Provisions in Charles Town will well pay for the risk of sending it round, and should it not be prevented, they must necessarily rise here, and the prices are sufficiently high already, indeed flour is very scarce, from a quantity being bought up for shipping. I am with the greatest respect your Excellency's very Ob. huml servt.


P. S. As we are at so great a distance from the seat of Goverment, we could wish your Excellency's Proclamation to be sent in before the time elapses, as a great quantity of Provisions might be shipped in even one day, or at least before your Proclamation could reach us.

F. B.