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Letter from John Smith to Richard Caswell
Smith, John
August 29, 1779
Volume 14, Page 200

COL. JOHN SMITH TO GOV. R. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Smithfield, 29th August, 1779.

Sir:

Samuel Martial, Thomas Burns and James McDugal, three of the prisoners of War, informs me that they have petitioned your Excellency for admission to take the oath of Allegiance and become Citizens of the State, and insists on me to write something in favor of their request. I can inform your Excellency that ever since they have been here they have discovered a great desire to become subjects of the State. They have had their liberty the whole time and have behaved very faithfully, and am persuaded that they would be very trusty and sincere friends to the Country if they could obtain their request.

I am, with due respect,
Your Excellency's Ob. huml. Serv't,
JOHN SMITH.
Gov. Caswell.