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Letter from John Butler to Richard Caswell
Butler, John, d. 1786
January 20, 1780
Volume 15, Pages 320-321

[From Executive Letter Book.]

January 20th, 1780.


The Regiment raised in this District for the aid of the Southern States passed the limits of this State on the 24th day of December last. A return thereof I have sent enclosed, together with a general return of the Militia of the District. I have received advice from the Col. that the men, as they have not received their Bounty, are very uneasy, and at sometimes are almost ready to mutiny, insomuch that he has sent back a Captain to receive part of the Bounty, if possible. I have applied to the Sheriff of this County, who informed me that he had just advanced all that he

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has collected to your draft for purchasing provisions. Under these circumstances I thought it my duty to inform your Excellency how the matter stands. You will see by the return of the Regiment that it comes very short of the numbers drafted, tho' the Captain informs me that he met several small parties on their March out, so that it is probable it will be augmented to near three hundred.

I am your ob. Serv't,