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Letter from Richard Caswell to Alexander McGillivray
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
August 05, 1779
Volume 14, Page 336

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The Governor presents his Compliments to Mr. McGillivray. Was astonished, last night, to hear that the Indians, notwithstanding what passed on Tuesday, were with the General yesterday, and declared that they would not go to Hudson's or stay, but return home immediately, and that some of the first party said that they had been very ill-treated, &, in short, they all seemed in rather ill humor. And as he much wished to know what had occasioned this great and sudden change, & to set the matter right if possible, would be glad if Mr. M—would call at the Indian Camp this Morn & inquire into the reason of this change (if he can come at it). Possibly the Indians misapprehended the thing. The Army is not going out against the Enemy just now. The intention is to establish a strong post or camp at or near Hudson's Ferry.

There will be some regulars and some Militia, and if a party of Indians would join them it might be of service; and if they can't remain inactive they might amuse themselves by going over the River into Carolina.

Thursday Morning, 5th August, 1779.