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Letter from Richard Caswell to John Williams and William Burgess
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
September 20, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 775-776

[From MS Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

New Bern 20th Sept. 1777


If the two Brigs, belonging to the Enemy are still lying at Ocracock, it may be necessary to make some attempt to remove or secure them, which can not be effectually done without sending Armed Vessels against them in which case it will be necessary to have a sufficient number of Pilots on board of such Armed Vessels, I am therefore to request if the Brigantines are yet at the Banks or are removed higher up the Country you do immediately require ten of the Pilots, such on whose Fidelity you can depend, to proceed

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immediately to this place to receive such orders from me or the Commanding Officer of the Militia here, as may be given them. If you want men in their stead or any number of Men for the Security of your people or of the State or your Bank, Let me know and they shall be immediately supplied to your Assistance.

I am &c.