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Letter from Benjamin Blount to Richard Caswell
Blount, Benjamin
June 01, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 145-146

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Tyrrell 1st June 1778.

Dear Sir:

I rec'd your favor by Mr. Harrison and notice the contents. I am sorry they should complain of the unfairness of the draft, which was done in the following manner. The different companies being proportioned, the supernumerary men of each Company, composing a company proceeded to Ballot from which one of the complainant's sons was elected. The other was elected from the company he properly belongs to, his reason for saying it is unfair is because he removed out of the neighborhood a few days before, tho' it was evident to the Court Martial he removed in

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order to evade the draft, and had Mr. Harrison been attached to their Company there had been no complaint, as a new choice would be attended with length of time, as well as difficulty; shall let the matter rest till I have your Excellency's further opinion, should be glad to be informed how when and where the Bounty for the men raised in the county is to be had.

I am your Excellency's mo ob servt.