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Letter from Richard Caswell
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
June 13, 1778
Volume 15, Page 711

GOVERNOR CASWELL TO DR. BURKE(?)

Kingston, 13th June, 1778.

Dear Sir:

Agreeable to your request & that of the Field officers in Granville, I have issued a Commission to Capt. Farrar & most sincerely wish him to answer the most sanguine Expections of his Country.

The consequences of the Act for raising Troops I foretold to you, Sir, I think as well as others, but you then thought differently from me. You find the people in Granville & other Counties are very different beings from those whom you proposed making machines of to answer the public Exigencies. I thank you for your kind offers to serve me to the northward. At present I will not trouble you with anything, but as occasions may require I will take the freedom to inform you. I most sincerely wish you an agreeable Journey, & am, Dr. Sir,

Your most obedt. Servt.,
RD. CASWELL.
No address.


Additional Notes for Electronic Version: Although the editors suggested that Thomas Burke was the recipient of this letter, there is no other evidence of Burke being involved in the Granville County Militia. The letter might have been written to either John Penn or John Williams, who were both residents of Granville County and delegates to the Continental Congress at this time. It is also possible that the letter was written to Richard Henderson, an erstwhile resident of Granville County and someone who may also have been traveling north to Virginia or Pennsylvania at this time.