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Letter from Richard Caswell to George Doherty
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
February 08, 1787
Volume 20, Pages 612-613

(From Executive Letter Book.)

Kinston, February 8th, 1787.

Dear Sir:

Your favor of the 23rd Ulto. I duly received by Major Evans and by the Advice of the Council of State I have made out your appointment as Clotheir and Paymaster of the Troops raising for the protection of Davidson County. The Commission and Bond are herewith enclosed, the latter you will fill in with the names of proper persons, have it Executed and Transmitted to me previous to your entering on the duties of your appointment.

There cannot be, or at least ought not to be a doubt but that the Assembly intended all the officers and soldiers to be furnished with Clothing alike and if the articles particularly Specified in the 5th Section of the Act, However ambiguous and inconsistent the same Act may be in the General, and of this opinion was the Council as well as myself, so that whenever you make the provision of Clothing please to govern yourself in that particular accordingly; as the Troops are not to receive the Clothing till October the Returns from Clinch will be in the time sufficient to ascertain the quantity & quality of

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the articles necessary previous to your obtaining a Warrant, but if you can venture on your own Credit to engage such articles as you know will be proper for the Clothing I would not wish you to omit it, especially if you have a prospect of the publics deriving any advantage from the Purchase. I shall be happy in seeing you here whenever it is convenient but to save the trouble of a journey immediately on this Business the Commission and Bond are transmitted.

With much esteem & friendly regard I am, Dr. Sir,
Your most obedt. Servt.,