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Letter from Richard Caswell to Henry Laurens
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
May 06, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 122-123

[From Executive Letter Book.]

North Carolina, New Bern 6th May 1778.


I had the honor to receive your favor of the 24th ulto. with its enclosures, yesterday evening, and rejoice to find there is at least a probability of the British Ministry being brought to the exercise of their reason. The measures taken by Congress are such as every well wisher to American Freedom, in the sincerity of his heart must applaud, and for my own part, I can say with the greatest gratitude, that that Honorable Body has my most cordial

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thanks, and I beg leave to assure them that I will pay the strictest attention to their recommendations, and use every means in my power to carry their resolves into execution.

I did myself the honor of writing you by Capt. Reading Blount the 2nd instant, and enclosing an Act of Assembly for completing the Continental Battalions belonging to this State. A Resolve empowering me to draw for 500,000 dollars, with some other papers, which I have no doubt you will receive before this reaches you as Capt. Blount was to proceed immediately to Congress to receive the 500,000 dollars, which I had given him a draft for, and as I then informed you little was to be expected without money. I beg leave to repeat it, and again to request you will be pleased to attend to that matter, and give every assistance in your power towards despatching Capt. Blount.

I have the honor to be with the highest regard and esteem Sir,
Your most ob. and very huml. Servt.