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Letter from William Caswell to Thomas Burke
Caswell, William, 1754-1785
July 13, 1781
Volume 22, Pages 545-546


Camp Smithfield, July 13th, 1781.

His Excellency Thos. Burke, Esquire, Wake Court House.



Late last I received your Excellency’s Favor, and am very sorry to find that Col. Linton wishes to stay in Camp. Shall take your Excellency’s Directions respecting him and Maj. Griffin. Enclosed is a List of my Officers’ Names, Ranks and Corps to which they belong, also a Letter from Col. Emmett and one from Col. Kenan, which came to Hand this Morning. The Party sent to Kingston is not yet returned. As soon as they return, if any thing worthy of your Excellency’s notice, shall immediately transmit the same to you. Have sent an express to Newbern with the Dispatches to Abner Nash, Esquire.

I received a line some time past from Mr. M. D. Britigney, informing me he considered himself as 2nd in Command in the Newbern

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District, and had taken Command accordingly shall thank your Excellency to inform me if he has a Right to command in the District or if he has any Command in the Militia. One of the Colo’s of the District have made the like Application to me, and I am much at a loss to determine, as I am intirely Ignorant of his appointment, the manner in which he was appointed and the intention (I suppose) of the Council Extraordinary. I wish to leave Camp for a few Days, if your Excellency has no Particular Objection.

I am, with much respect, Your Excellency’s Most obed’t Servant,

Letter from Brigadier Caswell, July 13th, 1781. Same day received and answered.