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Letter from Richard Caswell to Rawlins Lowndes
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
January 18, 1779
Volume 14, Page 15

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

No. Carolina, Halifax, 13th Jany, 1779.


I have the honor of receiving your favors of the 29th Decr. & 3rd instant. The accounts they contain are truly alarming. It is the duty, and I flatter myself the inclination of the Inhabitants of this State to render every assistance in their power, to the Southern States.

The Assembly was to have met here the 4th Instant, but from the overflowing of the waters and other causes, which I can't account for, a sufficient number of Members are not yet arrived.

I am much concerned that the number of men required by Congress to be sent from this State to the aid of So. Carolina and Georgia did not march. It was owing to the opinion some Gentlemen among us entertained of there being no need of Troops, and the impropriety of sending the Militia out of the State. However, these doubts are now removed, and what Troops can possibly be spared and equipt, I firmly believe will be sent on.

I have the honor to be with great respect and esteem
Sir, your Excelly's mo. ob. Servt.