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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 22, Pages 679-680


Jonesborough, 6th April, 1787.

His Excellency Richard Caswell, Esq.


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

I must own, before their Rising I Had the fullest hopes and Confidence that Body Would Have Either agreed to the Separation on Honorable Principles and Stipulations, otherwise Endeavored to have Reunited us Upon Such terms as Might Have been Lasting and 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 reunion in Some Measure, or perhaps

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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 anything that is disgraceful.

I have the Honor to be, Sir,
Your Excellency’s most obedient humble servant,


His Excellency Richard Caswell, Esq., or in his absence, the Honorable Secretary of State, North Carolina.