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Letter from Richard Caswell to Francis Locke
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
March 05, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 27-28

GOVERNOR CASWELL TO BRIGADIER GEN. LOCKE
[From Executive Letter Book.]


Kingston, 5th March, 1779.

Sir:

In pursuance of a Resolve of the General Assembly, I have the honor of sending you herewith, under a Guard of the State Light Horse, commanded by Capt. Wm. Randal, one hundred thousand dollars, as by the enclosed list, to enable you to begin and prosecute your march against the Insurgents. I also send you herewith Packets for the several Colonels of the Militia in your district, enclosing orders to them to raise their proportion of the 1,500 men directed to be raised by act of Assembly. These packets you will be pleased to send by Express immediately to the different Counties. The Colonel and first Major of your District are directed to meet at Salisbury, and from their respective numbers appoint an officer to take their several stations in the Regiment to be raised in Salisbury & Hillborough Districts. From the latter District I have directed a Lieut. Col. and second Major to march with the detachment from that District, which I hope will march so as to join the other Detachment at Salisbury the 25th Inst., when I expect to be able to arrive there myself with some Volunteers, and such of the 1,500 men as can be collected. In the meantime you are requested to give me every information and intelligence you can respecting the movements of the common enemy and the Insurgents. All the necessary officers of your Brigade please to appoint. When I arrive they shall be furnished with Commissions.

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If you think it will be advisable for me to go to Charlotte, I can get there as soon as at Salisbury; in that case, order on all the Troops, as they arrive at Salisbury, to that place, and by the return of the Bearer let me have your receipt for the money he carries, with a General return of men, arms, provisions, Wagons, &c., with such ammunition as you have. At the same time you will be pleased to inform me what ammunition or money more you think will be wanting.

Genl. Jones has signified his wish to take the command of the Light Horse. I have no objection, and suppose he will set out with those from Halifax and be joined by the Hillsborough Horse at Hillsborough, and proceed so as to arrive at Salisbury the 25th Inst. I purpose being at Campbleton the 20th, when I shall be extremely glad to hear from you.

I am, with great respect and esteem, Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,
R. CASWELL.

P. S. Proportion of officers and men directed to be raised in, Salisbury District, towards completing the 1,500 men, viz., 1 Col. and 1 First Major.

General Muster in each County 20th March:

Rowan
1 Capt.
2 Lieut.
1 Ensign.
104 privates.
Mecklenburg
1
1
58
Rutherford
1
1
25
Lincoln
-
1
1
25
Anson
1
-
1
22
Montgomery
-
1
-
22
Surry
1
1
-
53
Guilford
1
-
1
46
Burke
-
1
-
35
Wilkes
-
-
1
20
6
6
6
410

Brigadier Genl. Locke.