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Letter from Richard Caswell to Archibald Lytle
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
May 03, 1786
Volume 18, Page 602

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GOV. CASWELL TO COL. A. LYTLE.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Kingston, 3rd May, 1786.

Sir:

I am requested to write to you respecting a tract of 4200 acres of land, in Orange County, on Saxapahaw River, entered by and granted to John Lovick, Esqr., in November, 1728, advertised by you for sale as confiscated property.

The Grantee John Lovick, was formerly Secretary of the Province of North Carolina, and altho' more than once married, left no issue of his own Body. His brother Col. Thomas Lovick, Collector of Port Beaufort, survived him, with whom I was well acquainted from 1746, till his death, about the year 1759 or 1760. He left George Phinny Lovick, his only son and heir, who then resided in Craven County, and continued to do so till his death, about the year 1778, when among other children he left his eldest son Thomas now of full age, but of weak understanding, who is heir to the land above alluded to, if the same was not in the life time of Mr. John Lovick by him disposed of. This you will be pleased to take notice of, and you may rely on the facts I have mentioned being fully proven to the satisfaction of the Assembly; so that if you propose selling this land as being forfeited by the heir of the Grantee, I flatter myself you will desist from the sale, at least 'till the meeting of the Assembly, but if it was by the Grantee transferred to any other, who has forfeited the Estate, I would not wish you to believe that I mean to interfere in the business, my only motive being to serve the weak young man, whose friends did not observe this land mentioned in your advertisement until too late to pursue any more legal mode, and if the right is in him, as most certainly it is, if not transferred by the grantee, it would be cruel and unjust to put him to the trouble & expense of Law Suits, for the recovery of such rights, which very probably would be the case, in case of sale and possession obtained by the purchaser.

I am with respect & esteem, Dear Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,
R. CASWELL.