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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from James Davis to Richard Caswell
Davis, James, 1721-1785
November 02, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 259-260

[From Executive Letter Book.]

New Berne, Nov. 2nd, 1778.


A severe fit of the fever has prevented my coming to Kingston, therefore send my Son up with the Bills. I hope to get clear of it in a few days when I shall be up myself. It has happened a little unlucky for me, here yesterday, in drafting the levies, the lot has fallen on my son Thomas. He is now my chief hand in the Office, and if he goes, I must be forced to drop the Newspaper as one of my people is at Kingston about the money, and the other a drunken wretch, whom I cannot depend on one hour. My other Son is gone up the country, with the Laws. As he is

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already in the service of the public, would it be possible for your Excellency to excuse his marching with the Troops as I will endeavour to get a man in his room. Nothing but his peculiar situation at this time in carrying on the Newspaper would induce me to make such request. I am Sir, with great respect Sir,

Your Excellency's Mo. Ob. Servt.