Documenting the American South Logo
Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Commission to appoint William Bennet as commissioner to buy provisions, including cover letter from Richard Caswell
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
January 12, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 12-13

[From Executive Letter Book.]

State of North Carolina.

Richard Caswell, Esqr., Governor and Commander in Chief of the said State, to Wm. Bennett, Esqr., Greeting:

In pursuance of a Resolution of the General Assembly I have and by these Presents do appoint you to purchase provisions for the use of the State at Edenton. You are to observe and follow

-------------------- page 13 --------------------
such instructions as you may from time to time receive from me, and are to account with the General Assembly for such sums of money as you shall receive in virtue of this appointment. Given under my hand and seal at Halifax the 12th day of January, 1779.



On receipt of the above appointment you are required to enter into Bond with sufficient in £20,000 payable to the Governor for the use of the State, conditioned for the faithful discharge of the duties of your appointment, and also for the faithful application and accounting for such sums of money as you may from time to time receive in virtue of such appointment, which Bond you will be pleased to remit me as soon as possible, and let me know what money you think you can conveniently apply to the purchasing of provisions in your department when I will furnish you with a warrant on the Treasury for the same.

You are to purchase any reasonable quantity of Pork & Beef, you can on the best terms in your power which must be put into good casks and well salted & packed with at least half a bushel of coarse salt, in each barrel, the Hoops secured and the cask stored until further orders. You are also to purchase any reasonable quantity of Flour and Indian Corn on the best terms you can and store the same at Edenton aforesaid. If any thing further occurs I shall inform you. You are required to make me a return of your purchases by the first day of March next or sooner if required.


Halifax, 12th Jany, 1779.