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Letter from Richard Caswell to Charles Johnson
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
February 22, 1786
Volume 18, Page 538

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Kingston, 22nd February, 1786.

Dear Sir:

Your favor of the 14th Ulto. I have received. Your former letter was laid before the General Assembly, but neither that nor my earnest solicitations were sufficient, to induce that Honorable Body to make the necessary provision for the Delegates.

As to the arrangement of the Delegates, 'tis impossible for me to inform you. I believe I before observed Mr. Blount and Mr. Bloodworth had informed me, they intended to go on, but I do not learn that either of them are gone. Mr. Cumming and Dr. White were elected to supply the places of Mr. Spaight and Mr. Ozborne, who have resigned. Whether either of them will go I know not, Dr. White wrote me he intended to go. All these Gentlemen have been furnished with Commissions and Drafts on the Treasury for £256 each, and that sum I am advised by the Council to grant you warrants for. They thought it would be improper to issue warrants in your favor for a greater sum than was granted to each of the other Gentlemen. These warrants with the Commissions, if agreeable to you, shall be forwarded with any information I can give, respecting the several matters you mentioned on your signifying your pleasure herein.

There are six gentlemen in the Delegation for the present and succeeding years, and it has been usual for the Gentlemen themselves to settle the arrangements. I most heartily wish the gentlemen would do it now, so as three of them might be in their places in Congress as soon as possible, for I find by the returns for last month many days Congress could not proceed on business for want of a sufficient number of the States being represented. Not one from Rhode Island, Delaware or North Carolina, and only one from Virginia attending.

I shall be happy in hearing further from you on this subject, as soon as possible, and with great respect and esteem,

I am Dear Sir, your mo. ob. Servt.,