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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Benjamin Hawkins to Richard Caswell
Hawkins, Benjamin, 1754-1816
August 14, 1787
Volume 20, Page 761

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Philadelphia, 14th August, 1787.

Dear Sir:

I shall Sail this day for North Carolina. I arrived here a few days past, having had a fever for some days, with Mr. Blount, he Continues in Convention. We have rec’d a Letter from Mr. Ashe informing us of his sailing on the 4th Instant from our Country for New York. We know not who is to be his Colleague. I would return to New York with pleasure if my want of money was not an indispensable Object. It is of the first Importance that our State be represented when the Convention make their report to Congress and I believe Mr. Burton and Mr. Ashe Promised each other to be there then. But if any unforeseen accident should frustrate their intention it follows that some others of the Delegation must attend, and I shall put myself in readiness as soon as possible, Provided it is necessary for me to return. Since writing the foregoing Mr. Blount has a Letter from Colo. Ashe of the 12th from New York, informing that Col. Burton was to come by land. I have the honor to be with great and sincere Esteem, Dr. Sir,

Your most Obedt. & very Humble Servt.,