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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Rawlins Lowndes to Richard Caswell
Lowndes, Rawlins, 1721-1800
September 09, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 216-217

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Charles Town, 9th Sept. 1778.


Appearances in the Indian Country wear the aspect of War. The Creeks have commenced hostilities in the State of Georgia, and I have received very pressing application for the assistance to support that State, in no condition equal to its own defence. If my intelligence is right, some Murders have also been committed near our Frontiers, in your State, supposed to be by the Cherokees. A union therefore of force will be the natural consequence of a Rupture with the Creeks, and how far further their alliance may be extended, depends in a great measure for the protection of our Frontier and also for affording aid to our sister State of Georgia, should negociation prove fruitless, but I fear matters

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are too far gone to admit of a cordial accommodation. As it is a General interest Sir, in which your State is very materially concerned, I take the earliest opportunity of apprizing you of my apprehensions, not doubting but this State will receive, in such an event, that succour and assistance from North Carolina, which she has always so readily afforded when called upon, a union of force, on our part, being the most speedy, as well as effectual means to prevent, or to shorten the calamities of an Indian War.

I have the honor to be with very great respect Sir, your Excellency's Mo. Ob. huml. Servt.