Letter from John Penn, Cornelius Harnett, and John Williams to Richard Caswell
Penn, John, 1740 or 1-1788; Harnett, Cornelius, 1723-1781; Williams, John, 1731-1799
Volume 13, Pages 237-238
JOHN PENN, CORNS HARNETT, AND JNO. WILLIAMS DELEGATES IN CONGRESS TO GOV. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]
Philadelphia, Sept. 29th, 1778.
We are sorry to inform your Excellency, that we have not been able to send forward the money granted for the use of North Carolina. The very great demands on the Treasury previous to our Grant, have been the cause; however we are assured that it
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will be ready in a day or two at farthest. Congress have been alarmed that our enemy were about evacuating Rhode Island and New York, and that another attempt would be made on Charles Town by them to prevent their getting possession of that place—so important to our neighbors. It has been recommended to Virginia and North Carolina, to send some of their Militia to assist in the defence of So. Carolina. The high opinion entertained of your Excellency here, and the very great desire the Delegates of that State had, that you would accept the command, was the reason of the resolve relative to you, but in this you will no doubt consider the interest of North Carolina and the propriety of being absent from your Government. Gen'l Howe is directed to repair to Head Quarters and Gen'l Lincoln goes to South Carolina. We are informed that the French are busily employed in taking possession of the British Islands. This if true will furnish Gen'l Clinton with some other empolyment than ravaging these States. Enclosed is a Newspaper by which you will see the manner in which this intelligence is obtained. We can only observe that it is believed here. We should have written by the express that was sent by the President, but he went away without our knowing it. We have the honor to be with great respect,
Your Excellency's mo. Ob. humb. Servts.,
P. S. France has certainly declared war against Great Britain.