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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from William Cumming to Richard Caswell
Cumming, William, 1724-ca. 1797
August 03, 1786
Volume 18, Page 707

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Edenton, 3rd August, 1786.

Dear Sir:

By my last of a late date I signified to your Excellency my intention of shortly proceeding to New York, but having a Conversation with my Physicians they tell me my Constitution is so weak and my nerves too debilitated to attempt to undertake that Journey either by land or water, which has induced me to desist from the undertaking this year. This resolution is greatly Strengthened by the information I received from Dr. Williamson that only three Members are to attend at a time, and that the Gentlemen who attended in April may Continue till October, so that it does not seem of Consequence for me to go. No person more willingly dedicated his time to the public Service than myself, but as my attendance will be accompanied with great trouble and Expence to me and no Utility to the State, I humbly request your Excellency, with great Acknowledgments to the Public, to accept of my resignation of a Seat in Congress, and that you will condescend to take my resignation from this day.

I have the honor to be,
With the greatest Sincerity, Dr. Sir,
Your very Obedient Servant,

This is a Copy of a Letter dated the 3rd Inst. The Mail being stolen out of the Office is the reason of a Copy. Your Excellency's consideration of an Answer will be very Acceptable.

W. C.