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Letter from Joseph Martin to Richard Caswell
Martin, Joseph, 1740-1808
November 19, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 226-227

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Halifax, 19th Nov., 1779.


I was on my way to you, but my horse give out, which prevents my coming any further. Some parts of Gov. Jefferson's letter, as he informs me, he refers to me to acquaint you, which respects

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the Long Island on Holdson's River, that part or tract of land the Indians in every treaty have reserved to themselves. At a treaty a few years past with Virginia and North Carolina, both States give up the said land to the Cherokee Indians, but since the office in this State has been opened Captain Locke has entered the said lands and has obtained a Warrant of survey, which I doubt will occasion great disorder in the frontiers unless timely prevented. He says he has a deed from the Indians, which I can prove otherwise. The Indians is in great confusion on that ac't, and begs you will not suffer such injustice to be done them. I earnestly beg you will not suffer any patent to come out for said lands 'till the dispute can be fairly laid before you, which I will do whenever you direct. I earnestly beg you will send me an answer to Gov. Jefferson's letter as soon as possible. I shall be at the said Long Island by the 15th December.

I am, Sir, with submission,
Your Excellency's Mo. ob.,
Gov. Caswell.

P. S. As the line between the two States has left me in this, I beg leave to offer my service as agent.