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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Richard Caswell to Thomas Burke, Whitmel Hill, and John Penn
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
March 01, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 25-26

[From Executive Letter Book.]

New Bern, 1st March, 1779.


I had the honor of receiving your letter respecting the re-enlisting our nine-months men and continental soldiers, which I laid before the General Assembly in their late Session, who came to a

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Resolution thereon, a copy of which I have now extracted from the Journal, which was delivered me two days ago, from which I was to collect what information might be derived from a very confused and to you I may say incorrect piece of work. To the resolve I beg leave to refer you. For intelligence from the Southward I beg leave to refer you to Mr. Hugee, who does me the honor to be the bearer of this. The General Assembly directed 1,500 Militia to be raised on a generous Bounty and pay, which I may order to the assistance of the neighboring States. They have also directed the nine months men and the Continental soldiers in this State to be immediately sent on to So. Carolina, but I fear this force will not be sufficient, especially if the enemy is reinforced by Troops from the Northward. If there is not immediate necessity for such of the No. Carolina Continentals as are now to the Northward to march to any other quarter I believe they would be well employed to the Southward and that it would be an agreeable service. However, this I submit to the consideration of Congress.

I am, Gentlemen,
Your mo. ob. Servt.