Letter from Alexander Martin et al. to Richard Caswell
Martin, Alexander, 1740-1807; Spaight, Richard Dobbs, 1758-1802; Davie, William Richardson, 1756-1820; Williamson, Hugh, 1735-1819
Volume 20, Pages 723-724
THE DEPUTIES IN CONVENTION FROM N. C. TO GOV. CASWELL.
(From Executive Letter Book.)
Philadelphia, June 14th, 1787.
By the date of this you will observe we are near the middle of June and though we sit from day to day, Saturdays included, it is not possible for us to determine when the business before us can be finished, a very large Field presents to our view without a single Straight or eligible Road that has been trodden by the feet of Nations. An
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Union of Sovereign States, preserving their Civil Liberties and connected together by such Tyes as to Preserve permanent & effective Governments is a system not described, it is a Circumstance that has not Occurred in the History of men; if we shall be so fortunate as to find this in descript our Time will have been well spent. Several Members of the Convention have their Wives here and other Gentlemen have sent for theirs. This Seems to promise a Summer’s Campaign. Such of us as can remain here from the inevitable avocation of private business, are resolved to Continue whilst there is any Prospect of being able to serve the State & Union. Your Excellency is sufficiently informed that the Money of our State is subject to Considerable Decrements when reduced to Current Coin, however it may serve as an Auxiliary by which some of the inconveniencies may be relieved which must necessarily attend our continuance abroad for a much longer Time than was expected; for this Reason we submit to your Consideration the Propriety of furnishing us with an additional Draught for two months’ Service, in case of our return at an earlier period than at Present we have reason to apprehend, we are to Account, and perhaps it would be more desirable that we should have Occasion to repay a small Sum into the Treasury than that we should be under the Necessity of Coming Home, the Public Service unfinished from the want of supplies.
We have the Honor to be, with the utmost Consideration, Sir,
Your Excellency’s most Obedt. and Very Humble Servants,
RICHARD D. SPAIGHT,
W. R. DAVIE,