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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from John Penn to Richard Caswell
Penn, John, 1740 or 1-1788
March 25, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 47-48

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Philadelphia, March 25th, 1779.

Dr. Sir:

At a time when you might have expected to hear great things it will appear odd that I inform you that I have nothing to communicate, unless to give you a hint that we have some hopes that events may soon take place in Europe that will be of great advantage to America.

The General and army are at Middle Creek, in the Jersies, halted. The Soldiers are in better health than they have been heretofore.

There is a report that the Enemy appear to be preparing to send off another detachment from New York, or to leave it altogether. I rather suspect they will endeavour to keep possession of that place and Rhode Island as long as they can, and harrass us by sending parties to a distance.

If we behave with any degree of spirit, I think this campaign

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must be the last. Your favor to the Delegates is received, and proper attention will be paid to the contents.

Enclosed are some newspapers for your amusement.

I have the Honor to be, with great respect,
Your Excellency's Mo. Ob. Servt.,