powered by google
Documenting the American South Logo
Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Advanced Search Options
Letter from Benjamin Hawkins and Hugh Williamson to Alexander Martin
Hawkins, Benjamin, 1754-1816; Williamson, Hugh, 1735-1819
June 17, 1783
Volume 16, Pages 823-824

HON’S. BENJ. HAWKINS AND HU. WILLIAMSON TO GOV. MARTIN.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Philadelphia, June 17th, 1783.

Sir:

We have delayed answering that part of your Excellency’s letter of the 26th of March respecting the Seizure of Captain Spicer’s Flag-Vessel until we should receive an answer from the British General, and Admiral at New York to the Letter with its enclosures from the Secretary for foreign affairs on the subject as ordered by Congress.

-------------------- page 824 --------------------

This day we received the answer which tho’ not so satisfactory as we could wish, is such a one as we might expect. The reasons for delaying the demand of satisfaction, til this late hour, are unknown to us; but the impropriety of it is obvious. Our Memorial No. 1, the order of Congress No. 2, and Sir Guy Carlton’s letter No. 3 are all herewith enclosed, and we hope that the part which has fallen to us, has been executed in a manner, agreeably to the desire of your Excellency. Whenever it may be necessary to do any thing further, we shall be particularly attentive thereto.

We are with the greatest respect Sir, &c.,
BENJAMIN HAWKINS,
HUGH WILLIAMSON.
His Excellency Governor Martin.