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Letter from Richard Caswell to Henry Laurens
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
May 02, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 111-112

[From Executive Letter Book.]

North Carolina NewBern 2d May 1778.


I had the honor of addressing you the 26th ulto. and enclosing the Resolution of our General Assembly to accede to the articles of Confederation. With this you will please receive an act for raising men to complete the Continental Battallions, belong to this State; An act more effectually to punish the persons concerned in any of the several species of counterfeiting, in this State; An act to prohibit the exportation of Beef, Pork and Indian corn; A Resolve of the General Assembly empowering me to draw on the Continental Treasury for 500,000 dollars, &c., and a Resolve respecting Capt. De Cottineau. The three acts are transmitted in consequence of Resolve of a Congress of the 16th March last. The Resolve empowering me to draw on the Continental Treasury, I have complied with by giving Capt. Reading Blount a

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draft for 500,000 dollars. He will have the Honor of delivering this and give me leave, Sir, to request you will be pleased to recommend to Congress the directing every despatch to be given Capt. Blount as I fear little will be done towards marching the men until his return with the money. You will observe the last Resolve respecting Capt. Cottineau is transmitted in consequence of the request of the General Assembly. Capt. Blount will have the Honor of Delivering his letter also. Such other acts as are passed by the Generol Assembly in consequence of recommendations of Congress I shall do myself the Honor to transmit with my next, being unwilling to detain the Bearer longer, as his business is of the utmost consequence to the States. I shall only add that I recommend the same to your particular attention, and that I am with the highest regard and esteem Sir,

Your mo. obdt. and very huml. Servt.