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Letter from Richard Cogdell to Richard Caswell
Cogdell, Richard, 1724-1787
May 30, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 144-145

[From Executive Letter Book.]

New Bern 30th May 1778.

Dr Sir:

I am favored (by Col Chariol, who is going to see your Excellency) with a conveyance of the Packet and Papers enclosed rec'd since my last. The Col seems at a loss for a commissary to supply his men with provisions and who is his Master. His recruits increase fast. Mr. Davis has not yet drove them out of Town, tho' their Barracks has been two or three nights visited in a hostile manner by sailors and others who have been encouraged by the countenance of the Esquire and his sons and others influenced by them. The justices have (to please Davis I suppose) sent to

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Gaol the Frenchman whom one of Mr. Davis' sons claims as his servant Shews no Indenture or any instrument of writing to justify his complaint, but says he bought him from old Foster at the Bar. I hope your Excellency and Mrs. Caswell and family are all well and am with due respect your most obedient servant.