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Letter from Richard Caswell to Joseph Hewes
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
April 21, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 100-101

[From Executive Letter Book.]

New Bern 21st April 1778.

Dear Sir:

Your favor of the 14th Inst. I received this day with the Lottery Tickets sent by your House, and by return of Mr. Gardner shall send a proper certificate. If I understand the Resolution of Congress I am to sign four certificates, one of which to be delivered to the person from whom I receive the Tickets, one other I am to keep, and the other two are to be, by me, transmitted to the Managers of the Lottery and Board of War, with that to the latter the Tickets are to be sent, this being the case I imagine your House, will have occasion for no more than one, but should you wish to have Copies certified by me, they shall be sent, whenever your House shall signify the same.

Enclosed you have three Commissions for Vessels of War, with an equal number of Bonds and instructions, the first and last signed by Mr. Hancock. I have received none from the Gentleman who now presides in Congress, but soon expect them. These I now send you are half the number I had, you'll please to direct that the Bonds when executed, be transmitted to me.

Your attendance in the Assembly has been much wished for by the members, and I think would have been very agreeable to all of them. I flattered myself with having the pleasure of seeing you in the exercise of those useful talents you are master of in behalf of your country, which at this time she so much needs and I am sorry to say, I have so little hopes of her receiving from the hands of others who, a very few excepted, seem not to have been designed by nature for Legislators—however of this enough—the business you are engaged in may be of more consequence to the States in general, and must be attended to, and is I fear, by you too much for your constitution.

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Believe me Sir it would have afforded me great pleasure to have seen you here, but as that could not well happen I shall content myself in the expectation of having the happiness of hearing from you now and then, when you have a leisure hour. Pray hurry down the Caswell. Great good is expected from her protecting the Trade.

I am with great esteem and respect Dear Sir, your most obedient servant.