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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from John Sevier to Richard Caswell
Sevier, John, 1745-1815
October 17, 1785
Volume 17, Pages 545-546

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Washington, 17th October, 1785.


Having wrote you fully in my letter of the 14th May last, relative to the proceedings of the state of Franklin, and answered some complaints set forth in Governor Martin's Manifesto, in the same disposition I shall now only take the liberty to inform your Excellency that our Assembly have appointed a person to wait on your Assembly with some resolves entered into by our Legislature.

Permit me to assure your Excellency that it was not from any disgust or uneasiness that we had while under the parent state, that occasioned the separation. Our local situation you are sufficiently acquainted with, and your Cession act together with the frequent Requisitions from Congress have evinced us, that a separation would inevitably take place; and at the time of our declaration, we had not the most distant Idea, that we should give any umbrage to our parent State, but on the other hand, thought your Legislature had fully tolerated the separation.

I am authorized to say that the people of this Country wish to do nothing that will be inconsistent with the honor and interest of each party.

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The Citizens of this State regards the State of No. Carolina, with particular affection, and will never cease to feel an interest in whatever may concern her honor and safety. And that our hearty and kindest wishes will always attend the parent State.

I have the honor to be with very much respect and esteem,
Your Excellency's most obedient Servant,