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Letter from Willie Jones to Richard Caswell
Jones, Willie, ca. 1741-1801
July 25, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 200-201

[From Executive Letter Book.]

July 25th 1778.

Dr Sir:

Mr. Penn informs me that he is in a whimsical situation at Philadelphia, the Commission for the Delegates from this State, being so warded as to make it necessary, that all three of them should

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be in Congress to entitle this State to a vote. Mr. Penn wishes to have the Commission altered and has desired me to express my sentiments on the intention of the Assembly. In the beginning of the last session it was the intention of the Assembly that three Delegates in behalf of this State, should constantly attend in Congress, and therefore it was voted that five should be elected, but as they afterwards resolved that three only should be elected, so it was then their intention that any one of the three should be entitled to vote in the absence of the others, for it this were not the case this State, must necessarily be often deprived of its vote in Congress.

I most sincerely congratulate you on the arrival of a French Fleet and I am, Dr Sir, your mo. ob. Huml Servt,