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Letter from Thomas Craike to Richard Caswell
Craike, Thomas
January 08, 1778
Volume 13, Page 2

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Wilmington Jany 8th 1778.


I have received from on board the French Sloop which brought despatches to Congress, nine strands of cables, for 3 cables & 262 pieces of sail cloth for acct. of the United States, about 50 pieces of the sail cloth is damaged. I have had them opened and dried, but many parts of them are rotten. The whole are stored in two warehouses which I have rented for that service. I have not as yet purchased anything of the Captain, I offered him 80 shillings pr piece for blankets, which I thought to be at the rate, or upwards of 1000 per c; he talked of £8 more for each; he has a few pieces of coarse strands. I have seen the patterns but cannot be informed of their breadth, and he is afraid to open his goods to show them to any person. I expect to set off for Charles Town on Saturday, and I shall write your Excellency any particulars that may occur in that time.

I am your Excellency's mo. ob. humble servant,

A French Brig & a Schooner are at Brunswick and are expected up this tide.