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Letter from Richard Caswell to Benjamin Hawkins
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
September 29, 1786
Volume 18, Page 751

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Kingston, 29th Sept., 1786.

Dear Sir:

I had the honor to receive your favor of the 20th Current, this day, and beg leave to inform you that I wrote, agreeably to your request, to Messrs. Gervais & Owens, and sent by post the same day, the letter of which the enclosed is a copy, but have not been favored with a line in answer. It was not in my power to do more than I mentioned in that letter, the money was then so far depreciated that I could not purchase a Dollar for a price that I could have the least expectation of the Assembly countenancing me in. I cannot say it gives me great pain to hear my old friend, the General, was disappointed in the late Election for Granville, or that he is much mortified at being left out, as I flatter myself his Country will derive advantage from his absence from the Legislature, which his jealousy prevented when present, and kept her from; however, he yet may succeed in his favorite scheme of appointing a new Governor for the next year, as his pernicious opinions and false suggestions are gone forth and he very likely will still have effrontery sufficient to endeavor to support them when the Governor, conscious of the rectitude of his own conduct, and his friends careless about the matter, may take no pains to contravene his attempt.

It gives me uneasiness to hear your crops are likely to be some what reduced by the great floods of water, particularly in the article of Tobacco, the exportation of which from our own ports must one day give us credit abroad; the seasons in this neighborhood, where little else but corn is made, have been much more favorable.

Please to my present my best respects to my good old friends, your Parents, and to your Brothers and their Families, and believe me to be with the utmost sincerity and esteem, Dr. Sir,

Your mo. ob. & very humbl. Servt.,