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Letter from Richard Caswell to Thomas Burke [Extracts]
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
June 17, 1777
Volume 11, Page 730

[North Carolina State Papers– No. 72. P. 29.]
“Extracts from a letter from Governor Caswell to Mr. Burke (Delegate in the Continental Congress), dated 17th June, 1777.”

I have ordered the officers with their Recruits, Deserters and Invalids to attend at Halifax, the 10th of July, in order to march, if required, to Join the principal army, and at the same time promised pardon to all Deserters who shall then join their Respective Corps.

The General Assembly have resolved to recommend it to Congress to put the Artillery Company on Continental Establishment, they have about 40 to 50 men inlisted for three years or during the War. If it is thought convenient to put that company, as well as the Regiment now raising by Coll. Sheppard, on the Establishment, I submit to Congress if it will not be prudent to Join that company to Sheppard's Battalion, and order them on. I know it will be very agreeable to the Officers to serve together.