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Letter from Evan Shelby to Richard Caswell
Shelby, Evan, 1719-1794
December 18, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 235-236

[From Executive Letter Book.]

December 18th, 1779.


This is to inform your Excellency of the misconduct of some of the people on our frontiers. There are now a set of fellows who have gone over the Indian Boundaries to settle, near to Broad

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River, perhaps forty miles over the line. The Indians seem to be much disturbed, and I am well assured there will be a War, if they are not prevented in time. I hope your Honor will take some steps to recall them or it may be futile to all the frontiers, as the lands they are settling belong to those Indians who have made peace with us, and have never broke the treaty made with us at the great Island, but have been our friends, and gave us intelligence of every party of the Enemy who have come in upon our frontiers from that quarter. I hope, Sir, Major Martin, our Superintendent, will write you more fully, and perhaps will let you know some of the ring leaders, which I hope your Excellency will take notice of, and put a stop to it.

And I am, with submission,
Your Excellency's Mo. ob. huml. Serv't,
Gov. Caswell.