Letter from Joseph Hewes to Richard Caswell
Hewes, Joseph, 1730-1779
Volume 14, Pages 128-129
HON. JOSEPH HEWES TO GOV. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]
Edenton, 22d June, 1779.
Since I received your Excellency's favor of the 26th of May, I have not heard a word of the movements of the Enemy before Charles Town. We have a report to-day that their whole Army is made prisoners of war. I am equally at a loss to know what is doing to the Northward. My friends have expected me there for some time past, and have not wrote to me. If my health will permit I shall set out next week for Congress, from whence I shall do myself the pleasure to write to you, when anything occurs worth your notice. Capt. Kellum, the bearer of this, has got a quantity of Coarse Cloths for sale. I believe our Soldiers are in want of such articles, and as no person here has orders to purchase or money to lay down, I have advised him to your Excellency, thinking the State might take such of them as the Army stand most in need of. The Clothes are now in Pasquotank
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County, and the Capt. has promised me the State shall have the refusal of them. Corn now sells at £40 per Bbl., and is very scarce; the poor suffer exceedingly; the wheat in this part of the Country is entirely destroyed by rust. I have not seen Col. Lamb since I received your letter; no officer has yet appeared here to take charge of the recruits. I think the service is injured for want of one. I am informed a reinforcement of 1,000 Troops arrived some time since at New York, and that seventy Transports, with 5,000 men on board, have sailed from New York, and were seen steering to the Southward. This piece of information I rec'd to-day from a Gentleman from Virginia. How far it can be depended on I know not.
I am, with great respect and esteem, Dr. Sir,
Your Excellency's Mo. ob. huml. Servt.,