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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from John Sevier to Richard Caswell
Sevier, John, 1745-1815
April 06, 1787
Volume 20, Pages 659-660

(From Executive Letter Book.)

Jonesbo’, 6th April, 1787.


I was favored with yours of the 23rd of February in which your Excellency was pleased to favor me with a detail of the proceedings

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of your Assembly. I must own before their Rising I had the fullest hopes & Confidence that body would have either agreed to the separation on Honourable Principles & Stipulations, Otherways Endeavoured to have Re-united us upon such terms as might have been lasting & friendly; but I find myself and Country entirely deceived and if your Assembly have thought their Measures would Answer such an End they are Equally Disappointed, but I firmly believe had proper Measures been Adopted a re-union in some measure, perhaps fully, would have taken place. We shall continue to Act as Independent and would rather Suffer death in all its Various and frightful shapes than Conform to any thing that is disgraceful.

I have the honor to be, Sir, Your Excellency’s,
Obed’t Humble Servt.,