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Letter from Richard Caswell to Benjamin Hawkins, Joseph Martin, and Andrew Pickens
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
July 23, 1785
Volume 17, Page 487

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GOV. CASWELL TO THE COMMISSIONERS APPOINTED BY CONGRESS TO TREAT WITH THE SOUTHERN INDIANS.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

North Carolina, Kinston,
23d July, 1785.

Gentlemen:

I had the honor to receive your letter of the 19th of June, the 10th Instant, but was not able to Convene the Council until Yesterday, when the same was laid before that Board, the Members of which being anxious to fulfill the requisition of Congress have notwithstanding the State labours under many difficulties for want of money advised me to draw on the Treasury to the amount of one third of the thirteen thousand Dollars. This I mean to do so as to get the Money into my private Secretary's hands ready to answer your drafts by the second Monday in October next and think I can venture to engage that you shall meet with no disappointment at that time. But Gentlemen you will be pleased to observe that it will be with great Labour & expence in sending to different parts of the State that I expect to be able to collect this sum in paper Money. That Money I know will not answer your purpose in So. Carolina & Georgia and whether you would wish me to endeavour to effect an exchange for Hard Money in this State or to remit any of the produce of the State to Charleston to try to raise the Hard Money there, or purchase Bills upon Charleston, you will be pleased to advise me as early as possible.

I thank you for the information you have given me respecting the offers & disposition of the Creeks and the disorderly white people who are amongst them, and shall be happy in receiving any further communications from you, which you shall think proper to make.

Colo. William Blount is appointed Agent for this State to attend the Treaties which you are to hold under the authority of Congress and I flatter myself will set out so as to arrive at Galphenton by the Time you have appointed to open the Treaty there.

With sentiments of esteem and respect,
I am Gentlemen,
Your most obedt. Servt.,
R. CASWELL.