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Letter from Richard Caswell to the Orange County Justices of the Peace
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
March 30, 1777
Volume 11, Page 434

LETTER FROM GOV. CASWELL TO THE JUSTICES IN ORANGE.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Dobbs Co. 30th March 1777.

Gent'n:—

It is with real concern that I this moment rec'd an acc't from Mr. Kinchin that no Court of Oyer & Terminer was held at the time appointed at Hillsborough. I have also received a petition from sundry persons, prisoners in the gaol of your district complaining of the length of time they have been imprisoned & now likely to continue by means of the Court's falling through, & requesting, such of them whose supposed crimes are bailable may be admitted to bail accordingly. I therefore take the liberty of recommending their case to your consideration, & from the feelings of humanity am induced to request that you will be pleased to enquire into the nature of the testimony against each of them, & bail such as are likely to be convicted of capital crimes, as in all other cases I presume bail may be taken in sums proportioned to the nature of the charge.

I am with great respect your most obed't. Serv't.
R. CASWELL.
To the Justices in Orange.