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Letter from Richard Caswell to Willis Wilson
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
June 30, 1778
Volume 13, Page 181

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Dobbs 30th 1778.


Your favor of the 26th Instant I have before me, am sorry the Tender was not delivered you in better fix. Capt. Easton informed me, that at the time he purchased her, she was much out of repair, but that he intended to have her properly overhauled and fixed.

Your Pilots I fear are not governed by the best principles in their combinations; they have other views, than honest men ought to have, but nothing can be done respecting them 'till the meeting of the Assembly.

I have written to Mr. Ellis from whom I received a letter on the subject of the agency of your ship. I imagine he will accept it and supply you whenever the pay master can be supplied with money. He shall be ordered to attend and pay off your Crew.

I sent you Commissions for all the officers you required from NewBern, and without information whether the persons who were named in them refused to accept them or have conducted themselves unworthily, I cannot think of snperceding their appointments.

I at present consider Dr. Cooley as a Surgeon in the service of the United States, if he is so, of course he cannot be appointed to your ship. However I shall lay your request regarding him before the Council who meet two days hence and inform you their Resolutions thereon.

I am Sir,
Your mo. ob. sesvt.