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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Richard Caswell to Jethro Sumner
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
August 17, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 337-338


Contentnea, 17th August, 1779.


I received your favour, dated at Camden, by Capt. Hall, & should have Lodged a Letter in Warren, agreeable to your request, if I had had anything particular to Communicate to you. I have

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since been favoured with yours of the 3d Inst., with its inclosures. The Substitutes in the Continental Service, Hired by the Militia, for the Districts of Edenton, Newbern & Halifax, Marched from Kingston about a fortnight ago to Cambleton, where they were to be joined by those from the District of Wilmington. From thence Colo. Lamb proposed Marching them to Camden, & there he expected to be joined by those raised in Hillsborough & Salisbury Districts. Previous to his Marching, Capt. Blount was sent to the latter & Lieut. Allen to the former to receive the men and March them to Charlotte. No doubt you have before this heard from Col. Lamb or Colo. Armstrong on this Business, and also that Congress has directed their Troops in this State to be Marched to South Carolina. Those who Marched from Kingston received good new arms, which were on the way to South Caro lina, sent from the North by Congress. Either of the places you mention as proper for the Encampment of the Men, until there may be a real necessity for their Marching lower down the Country, will be perfectly agreeable to me; But, at the same Time, I beg leave to recommend your directing the Officers who may have the command of them, immediately on his arrival at such place as you shall direct in So. Carolina, to give notice thereof & make a return to the Commander in Chief in the Southern Department of that State. He will also do well to advise the Governor of that State of his Situation & Numbers. Of course he will Transmit me a return, which I shall be glad to receive in Time to lay the same before the General Assembly.

I am, with esteem and respect, Sir,
Your Most obed't Serv't,
Genl. Sumner.