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Instructions to the commanding officer of the Bladen County Militia concerning a Native American prisoner
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
December 12, 1786
Volume 18, Page 796

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ORDERS TO THE COLONEL OR COMMANDING OFFICER OF BLADEN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Richard Caswell, Esquire, Governor, Captain-General and Commander in Chief of the said State, to the Colonel or Commanding Officer of the Militia in the County of Bladen, Greeting:

Whereas, by a late Treaty entered into by the United States and the Cherokee Indians; it is stipulated that the prisoners on either side shall be delivered up and exchanged; and whereas, I am informed that an Indian Boy of the Cherokee Nation taken in War by the Citizens of this State is in your County.

I therefore require you to make or cause to be made diligent inquiry and search for the said Indian Boy and if he can be recovered that you deliver him to Joseph Martin, Esqr., Superintendent of Indian Affairs, appointed by Authority of this State, in order that such Boy be exchanged agreeable to the stipulations contained in the Treaty aforesaid.

Given under my hand and seal at Fayetteville, the 12th Day of December, 1786.

[Seal]

R. CASWELL.

N. B. It is suggested that the Indian Boy alluded to is in possession of John Faris.