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Letter from William Johnston to Richard Caswell
Johnston, William, 1737-1785
September 17, 1779
Volume 14, Page 208

WM. JOHNSTON ESQ TO GOV. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Orange, September 17th, 1779.

May it please your Excellency.
Sir:

It was only by Report that I understood the General Assembly of this State had at their last meeting appointed me Treasurer of the District of Hillsborough, until I was honored with your Excellency's favor of the 13th Current. I entertain the highest sense of that honorable appointment, but as my own private affairs, with business of considerable importance, which I have undertaken to transact for sundry Gentlemen, will require all my attention, I am sorry to inform your Excellency it will not be in my power to do my duty to the public, and therefore am under the necessity of declining the appointment.

I have the honor to be, with the utmost respect,
Your Excellency's Mo. ob. & very huml. Serv't,
WM. JOHNSTON.
Gov. Caswell.