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Letter from Archibald Maclaine to Richard Caswell
Maclaine, Archibald, 1728-1790
October 31, 1778
Volume 22, Pages 769-770


Campbelton, 31st October, 1778.


The bearer, Donald Campbell, waits on your Excellency to be admitted to take the oath of allegiance to the State. He intended to apply to the County Court for that purpose, but I dissuaded him

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from it, as the justices seem to be miffed that any persons whom they have ordered to leave the county should be admitted as citizens. They seem to be of opinion that the power is wholly vested in themselves, and that no other power in the State should interefere in their proceedings; and indeed said openly that they might as well refuse to intermeddle in these matters, but send all persons whatever to the Governor. I know that they do not think it improper to admit persons whom they had ordered away, because they did it last July term. Apprehensive, therefore, that they would confine Mr. Campbell, I have advised him to wait on you, and hope he will be able to give sufficient reasons to induce the council to think that he ought to be admitted as a citizen.

I am, with much respect, dear sir,
Your Excellency’s most obedient servant,
His Excellency, Governor Caswell.