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Letter from Joseph Purnell to Richard Caswell
Purnell, Joseph
May 05, 1778
Volume 13, Page 119

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Edenton 5th May 1778.


I wrote your Excellency last Post requesting the favor of you to continue your orders for the purchase of some wagons. I now beg leave to inform you that the Honorable Francis Lewis Esq Member of Congress arrived here yesterday intending to go to Beaufort to treat with Capt Cottineau for his ship, and Cargo, which he had made an offer of to Congress. There are a considerable number of wagons coming from Pennsylvania intended to carry away such part of Capt. Cottineau's Cargo as Mr. Lewis might think proper to purchase, and all the public stores useful to the Army, which are lying in this State. Being disappointed by Captain Cottineau, there will be a surplus of wagons, Mr. Lewis has therefore directed me to request your Excellency to countermand your orders for the purchase of wagons and to inform you that if you have any stores to send to Pennsylvania, if they can be sent here or to any other place near by in the Route from hence to Head Quarters they shall be carried in these wagons. If you have any such stores, he requests you will be pleased to inform him here what quantity and where they can be most conveniently lodged.

I am with great respect,
Your Excellency's hume. Servt,