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Message from Richard Caswell to the North Carolina General Assembly
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
April 28, 1778
Volume 13, Page 403

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GOV. CASWELL TO THE HONORABLE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
[From MS. Records In Office of Secretary of State.]

Gentlemen:

David Smith Esquire who was Colonel of the Regiment of Militia in Cumberland County and John Armstrong Esquire who was first Major of the said Regiment have Resigned their respective Commissions, and as it is Absolutely necessary that a diligent, & active officer should be appointed to the Command of the Regiment, a person well acquainted with the different Manners and Customs of the People in that County and one whose past conduct and knowledge in Military Matters will give him weight with those people, I take the Liberty of recommending Robert Rowan Esqr., as a Gentleman whose Character and Conduct will entitle him to such Command in my opinion in preference to any person in that county.

R. CASWELL.

New Bern, 28th April, 1778.