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Letter from Peter Mallett to Richard Caswell
Mallett, Peter, 1744-1805
November 17, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 225-226

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Hillsborough, 17th Nov., 1779.


I have not heard what our Assembly has done respecting the victualing department, but as I have been in that way, and am well acquainted with the present situation of the Country, I thought it advisable to let your Excellency know that there is a great appearance of scarcity of bread kind and forage, and unless these articles are immediately procured it will not be possible to procure them towards Spring. Genl. Butler informs me that he will be in want of provisions; how he will be with flour I cannot well find out. Beef there is in plenty; Pork none, unless some more is wagoned from Campbleton, or that hogs be drove up from Johnston or Wake.

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I shall go down to Campbleton the beginning of next month, and am ready to do anything towards forwarding the service at either Place, tho' little can be done without cash.

I am, with esteem,
Your Excellency's mo. ob. huml. Serv't,
Gov. Caswell.