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Letter from Richard Caswell to William Blount
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
August 24, 1785
Volume 17, Pages 510-511

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Kinston, 24th Augt., 1785.


Herewith you will receive Warrants on the Treasury for one thousand pounds payable to your self and for which you are to be accountable to the Public.

As you are of one of the Commissioners appointed by the State for holding a treaty with the Cherokee Indians, and sundry Articles necessary in this Business are to be purchased which with the Goods on hand are to be transported to Charleston and from thence to Kiowee. In order to have these matters attended to in time and that you may be the more certain of the steps pursued I take the Liberty of requesting that you will take the trouble of superintending the Business and defray the Expences. The warrants above alluded to are put in your hands.

Be pleased to have purchased Six hogsheads of common West India rum and a quantity of Corn, not exceeding one hundred and fifty Barrels which with the goods destined by the State for the Cherokee Indians, now in the hands of Messrs. John Gray and Thomas Blount at Washington must be sent to Charleston at the risque of the State. The Corn to be sold there to raise Money to enable you to have the goods and rum transported by Land from thence to Kiowee.

For the purpose of Conveying the Goods, rum and Corn to Charleston it will be proper to obtain a Vessel or Vessels on Charter by the rum if to be had, otherwise on Freight.

Provisions to be given the Indians whilst on this Treaty, will also be necessary, these you must obtain as Convenient to Kiowee as practicable, and to enable you to do this it will be prudent to exchange a sufficient sum of our Currency for Hard money on the best Terms you can obtain it, or by purchasing and remitting any of the produce of the State to Charleston that will raise it. Upon the whole I depend much in your Judgment and must therefore leave you at Liberty in these Cases to exercise it. But you must

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observe not to exceed the sum for which you have Warrants in all the expenditures in this Business, as that is the extent of the Grant of the General Assembly.

I am Sir,
Your Most obedient Servt.,