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Letter from Richard Caswell to James Coor
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
February 05, 1778
Volume 13, Page 28

GOV. CASWELL TO JAMES COON, ESQ., N. O., NEWBERN.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Newington, 5th February, 1778.

Sir,

It being certified to me that Capt. Roberts in the Schooner—and Capt. Hutchins in the Schooner Race Horse, both from Bermuda, with salt on the faith and credit of the Resolution of Congress, have disposed of their Cargoes for Corn and Pork, which they have now ready to ship and return to their Island.

They are both small and will not carry more than 120 or 130 barrels of pork. I find a pretty large quantity of that article is to be purchased for the public, and by no means wish to discourage the bringing in of salt nor would I wish to have the Resolutions of Congress called in question.

I therefore recommend your permitting the said Captain to carry out the above quantity of Pork, my proclamation to the contrary notwithstanding. If any more Bermudians arrive with salt, let them report to me their Cargo, and 'tis probable they will receive the same treatment, and 'tis very necessary as perhaps more salt may be wanted for public use.

I am Sir, your most obedient servant,
R. CASWELL.