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Letter from William Lee Davidson to Richard Caswell
Davidson, William Lee, 1746-1781
August 04, 1777
Volume 11, Page 557

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MAJOR WM. LEE DAVIDSON TO GOV. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Camp Quankey, August 4th, 1777.

Sir:—

I received your orders with the Proclamations inclosed on the 16th July, and marched the 19th from Salisbury. The 29th I arrived at Head Quarters. The next day I made a return of the Regiment to the Commanding Officer, which I suppose has been transmitted to your Excellency before this time. I find there was a small mistake in the return: there are three privates more than the return amounts to. I put up the proclamations agreeable to your instructions and was extremely glad to see them as the recruiting service has been much discouraged in the back country by some of the first Militia officers, notwithstanding which there are men to be got there at this time, if proper officers with money were sent there for that purpose. I think proper to acquaint you that all my recruits were inlisted by Capt's. Cole & Goodman, Lieut. Moslander, Ensign Gillaspee, and a certain Robert Hays, a cadet in the fourth Regiment, who inlisted five. I think he will make a good officer. I wish to know whether he can obtain a certificate, or no, as he is recommended by a Board of Officers. The other officers had no money, but I think might have been more active in taking deserters. Capt'n Phillips has got his recruiting money; therefore I have sent him out again. I left Capt. Coles for the same purpose. I take this opportunity to express my thanks for the particular account your Excellency was pleased to give me of General Howe's retreat. I had almost forgot to mention that Capt. Pollock is dead, and that there are a number of other vacancies in the Regiment. I am with much esteem,

Your Excellency's most devoted and hum'le Ser't.,
Wm. LEE DAVIDSON.