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Letter from Richard Ellis and James Ellis to Richard Caswell
Ellis, Richard, fl. 1765-1790; Ellis, James
December 20, 1779
Volume 14, Page 237

[From Executive Letter Book.]

New Bern, 20th December, 1779.

Dr. Sir:

We have imported in our Boat which was lost on our Coast about 80 stand of small Arms, with Bayonets, Rings, and iron Ramrods complete. The public may have them, provided they will allow us the same advance we can get on other imported goods. We do not mean salt, but surely your Excellency will think with us, they ought to bring as much as rum, sugar or any other thing imported now, and we are told they are much wanted.

We are, Sir,
Your Excellency's Mo. ob. Serv't,
R. & I. ELLIS.
Gov. Caswell.