Circular letter from Richard Caswell to the Justices of the Peace in North Carolina
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
Volume 20, Pages 749-750
GOV. CASWELL TO THE WORSHIPFUL THE JUSTICES OF COUNTY COURT.
(From Executive Letter Book.)
Kinston, July 18th, 1787.
You have herewith enclosed Copies of three lists of accots. presented by Thomas Donoho, Charles Dixon and William Sanders to
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the Commrs. appointed to liquidate the accots. of the officers and Soldiers of the North Carolina Continental Brigade, for which the said persons received due Bills & certificates according to their respective lists. I am informed that the said Thomas Donoho, Charles Dixon and William Sanders are bound to appear at the next Superior Court to be held for the District of Hillsboro’, at Hillsborough in October next to answer such matters as they may be strictly charged with respecting these Accots., as many of them are suggested to be fraudulent. It therefore becomes the duty of all officers, particularly the ministers of Justice, to use their best endeavours to detect such frauds. And as I conceive the most likely method to effect this, will be for the Justices of the Peace in their several Counties, as well within their County Court as without, to make diligent enquiry for the persons whose names are mentioned in those Lists; and to cause such as they may know or be inform’d are within their respective Counties, to come before them and depose respecting such accots., and wherever it appears from such depositions that fraud has been practiced to bind the persons making such depositions to appear before the said Superior Court to give Testimony against the defenders I therefore recommend in the strongest Terms, that such mode be by you pursued, and that you return the depositions, with the recognizances which you may so take, to the Attorney General as early in the sitting of the Court as practicable.
I am very respectfully, Gentlemen,
Your most Obedt. Servt.,