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Letter from Richard Caswell to Jean Baptiste Petry
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
August 04, 1785
Volume 17, Pages 498-499

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Kinston, Aug. 4th, 1785.


I had the honor to receive your Letter of the 6th ulto. with its enclosures. In consequence a Letter goes with this to the Post Office enclosing to the Chevalier de Chateaufort the Exequatur of his appointment as Consul from his Most Christian Majesty for the States of North Carolina, So. Carolina & Georgia a Copy of which will be printed in the North Carolina Gazette. I have endeavoured to inform myself as well as I can respecting the Debt due from this State to the Government of Martinique and find part of the money has been drawn on the Treasury for by my predecessor in office in

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favor of Messrs. John Gray and Thomas Blount who he expected would remit of the produce of this Country to Philadelphia to discharge the Debt, but I understand the sum was very inadequate. I shall therefore furnish other drafts and use every means in my power to have the remittance made as speedily as possible consistent with our finances, which I fear will not afford immediate aid. I am happy in being informed by our Minister for Foreign affairs as well as yourself, Sir, of the Birth of a Prince in addition to the Family of our Royal Friend and Benefactor and I sincerely Congratulate you on the event, which I have made known to the Citizens of this State by Proclamation of the first Instant.

I regret my not having the pleasure of seeing you last Fall on account of the State of your Health which I hope you will soon regain and that I shall be happy in seeing you the next Fall. In the Mean Time your correspondence will be agreeable to, Sir,

Your Most obed. Servt.,