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Letter from Jean Baptiste Petry to Richard Caswell
Petry, Jean Baptiste
July 17, 1786
Volume 18, Pages 688-689

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Charleston, 17th July, 1786.


His Majesty having granted leave of absence to the Chevalier de Chateaufort his Consul for the States of Carolina & Georgia has been pleased to appoint me in the Interim of this Consulship.

My distance from North Carolina don't permit me to know the Measures taken for the repayment of the advance due, made by the

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Government of Martinico, in consequence of the Resolution of the Honorable Legislature in 1784.

I shall be very much obliged to your Excellency, to let me know if you have given to Mr. Blount over the warrant of two thousand Dollars, another for the Relique of the Sum due, to enable him to make remittances at New York or Philadelphia in produce of the State, the neat amount of which is to be employed to the payment of that debt so long standing. The new emission of paper money will, I hope, permit the finances of your State, to let you apply some to that purpose; and the repeated promises made by you and your predecessor in office assure me that the State will do its utmost for the final payment.

I shall be very happy if my residence here will give me opportunity to be of any service to you, my punctuality to fulfil your commands will assure you, with the regard and respect with which I am Sir,

Your Excellency's most humble & obdt. Servt.