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Letter from Robert Smith to Richard Caswell
Smith, Robert
December 11, 1778
Volume 13, Page 326

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ROB. SMITH ESQ. TO GOV. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Edenton 11th Decr. 1778.

Sir:

I joined Mr. Benbury in a letter to your Excellency yesterday. We could not exactly ascertain the weight of the Cannon but guessed them to be about 10,000, which at 1½ bb. would make 150,000 of Tobacco. There is about 60 @ 70 Hhds. of Tobacco belonging to the Continent in store here, perhaps you might buy or borrow it from Congress. We could buy some Tobacco in Virginia which Barrets might take in where he is, but the Virginians will not take our money. Capt. Wilson is now in Virginia, he shall have Cannon when he applies. There are nine 24 & fourteen 18 pounders. I have the honor to be

Your Excellency's mo. ob. Servt.
ROB. SMITH.