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Letter from David Mason to Richard Caswell
Mason, David
May 10, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 79-80

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Head Quarters, Salisbury, 10th May, 1779.


I sometime last month despatched the bearer, Ensign Glenn, with a letter to Major Genl. Lincoln, in the State of South Carolina. He returned to me last evening with the Genls's. answer, which contains nothing particular as to the army or the situation of the Enemy, or I would, with pleasure, communicate it to your Excellency. Mr. Glenn informs me that his Excellency, Gov. Rutledge, from apprehending that the South-State was in imminent and immediate danger, had directed him to return to Virginia, and that he was to call on yourself in his way, and to acquaint you of the situation of affairs, and entreat of you to furnish further supplies of men in case they should need them. Upon Mr. Glenn informing me of matters in that quarter, and his not having any letters to the Governor of Virginia, I have thought proper not to permit him to go to Virginia, but have wrote to Gov. Henry on the subject, and, as I am immediately to march hence to join Major Genl. Lincoln with the greatest despatch. I now direct Mr. Glenn to wait on your Excellency that he may deliver you the instructions he had from Governor Rutledge, and your Excellency and the council may then be able to judge whether any thing may be done for the State of South Carolina or not. Mr. Glenn is to proceed to the Southward after waiting on your

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Excellency, and will receive any commands you may be pleased to honor him with to the Southward.

I have only to add that
I have the honor to be, with the greatest regard, Sir,
Your Excelly's Mo. Ob. huml Servt.,
Gov. Caswell.