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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Timothy Pickering to Richard Caswell
Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829
July 23, 1778
Volume 13, Page 200

[From Executive Letter Book.]

War Office, Philadelphia July 23d 1778.


Your letter of March 31st to Michael Hillegas Esq., Continental Treasurer, was presented to this Board, who ordered Wm. Henry Esq., their Agent for procuring shoes &c at Lancaster to pay the wagonage of the Leather shoes and Deer skins sent in two wagons to Zebulon Beard and Landrine Angurs, and purchased we suppose by the Gentlemen you mention Messrs. Lock & Smith. We have lately seen Mr. Henry, (who is a man of judgment and integrity) who says he paid the wagonage, but that the Leather was the worst parcel he had seen, a large portion of it was manifestly the refuse of the tan yard. If the States are charged the price of good leather for the whole, they will be greatly imposed on, by whom, whether the tanners or the purchasers, must be to us unknown. Had we received earlier notice of this we should have advised you of it.

We have the honor to be your Excellency's most ob. Servts.
By order of the Board,