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Letter from Jean Baptista de la Badie to Richard Caswell
De la Badie, Jean Baptista
September 19, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 223-224

[From Executive Letter Book.]

New Bern, Sept. 19th 1778.

To His Excellency Richard Caswell:

The deepest sensation of the obligations I am under to you, for the many favors I have received do always remain fresh in my breast, altho' your kindnesses had not the desired effect in introducing me to the army. I shall never give over to acknowledge them with a most sincere heart. My whole wishes and endeavours are for the safety and welfare of my Country, (which I now term this). I regard the Country, I am willing to venture my life, and spill my blood on all occasions, in its defence. I return you my most humble thanks for the favors you have done me, yet I entreat this one particular favor of you, that I may be able to hasten my journey, that you would grant me an order on Col. Leech for fifty pounds, or if it seems better to you to give me a letter of recommendation to the Governor of Virginia, that he may grant me what is necessary.

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The horse which I bought cost me sixty pounds. My expenses on my journey to Hillsborough were fifty pounds. It would be very difficult for me to go to the army without you grant what I entreat of you. I likewise entreat you to grant me a letter of recommendation to General Washington, and affix the Seal of the State thereto.

I am your most humble servant.