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Letter from Richard Caswell to William Blount and Benjamin Hawkins
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
April 23, 1787
Volume 20, Pages 680-681

(From Executive Letter Book.)

No. Carolina, Kinston, 23rd April, 1787.


I had the honor to receive your Letter of the 19th March with the Contract entered into with Constable, Rucker & Co., for the sale of our public Tobacco and the Correspondence between you and the Treasury Board antecedent to the agreement (the 10th Current).

Mr. Rowan had, by some vessel to Washington from New York, been furnished with a Copy of the Contract & informing just as I was fixing off an Express to him that he should set out for Wilmington to attend the re-inspecting the Tobacco, Sunday the 15th inst. The 14th my orders were forwarded to Mr. Haywood and Colo. Whitaker to attend to the Contract in all its parts so far as related to the Tobacco under the direction from these Gentlemen. I have not since heard nor indeed have heard of the arrival of any vessels for the Tobacco.

I am happy in knowing the Tobacco is so well disposed of, there are some who very likely will say it might have been parcelled out

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for a greater price, but the manner of payment and the particular Time of our obtaining the credit when Considered well by the Judicious will be adjudged more favorable to us than any offers which were or might have been reasonably expected to be made not Comprehended within the agreement.

Colo. Spaight will in a few days sail from New Bern for Philadelphia, under his care I propose sending 13 Copies of the Laws of the last Session of our Assembly, If I can obtain them, & as many of the Laws of the preceeding year.

I have the honor to be, with respect & Esteem, Gentlemen,
Your most obed. & very