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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from John Penn to Richard Caswell
Penn, John, 1740 or 1-1788
October 22, 1778
Volume 13, Page 247

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Philadelphia, Oct. 22d, 1778.

Dear Sir:

Genl Lincoln is now on his way to Charles Town to take the command of the Troops in the Southern Department. He is greatly esteemed both as a Soldier and a Gentleman, by all that know him. I beg therefore to introduce him to your Excellency's particular notice and attention. The General wishes to consult you relative to the defence of Charles Town, as he is informed that great part of the force necessary for that purpose must go from North Carolina. I must also take the liberty to refer you to the General for intelligence relating to Military Operations.

We have received no late information of what is doing in Europe to be depended on. It is said the King of Prussia has obtained a victory over the Emperor. France and England are deeply engaged. I mentioned to your Excellency some time ago in a letter of the high opinion entertained of you by Congress, and of course the wish of many Gentlemen that you should take the command of what troops march from our State. Should you take upon you that duty you are to have the rank and pay of a Major General, which is superior to any officer that will be there except Major General Lincoln. However in this your Excellency will act as your good sense and prudence shall direct. I have the honor to be with due respect

Your very obedient Servant,