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Letter from William Blount to Richard Caswell
Blount, William, 1749-1800
November 16, 1786
Volume 18, Page 783

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

New York, November 16th, 1786.


As yet there have not appeared a sufficient number of Members to form a Congress. I arrived here on the 5th Instant and did myself the honor to address a Letter to you on the 6th. I sent it by a water Conveyance and hope it will be to hand before this. Ever since the above mentioned time my Colleague, Mr. Nash, has been so much indisposed as to be Confined to his bed, at some times better and again worse; to-day he appears to be as ill as at any other Time and talks much of Returning to Carolina with Captain Tinker, who will probably leave this in eight or ten days. I have been thus particular respecting Mr. Nash to shew the Necessity there is for some other Gentleman of the Delegation to come on, and if the State means to be Represented by three two ought to come on.

The Insurgents in Massachusetts seem inflexibly determined not to give up their Arms only to a Superior force; and a Gentleman lately from that State, high in Office and of the best information, has given it as his desired opinion that much blood will be shed before they will submit to Government.

I have the honor to be,
Your Excellency's
Most obedient Servant,