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Letter from Evan Shelby to Richard Caswell
Shelby, Evan, 1719-1794
October 29, 1787
Volume 22, Page 689

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GEN. EVA NSHELBY TO GOVERNOR CASWELL.


29th October, 1787.

Sir:—

As matters have been in such a fluctuating abyss in the minds of the people on this side of the mountains, together with a desire of living a retired life, and my old age, induced me to wish that the General Assembly may appoint some other to succeed me in the office of a brigadier in this district. At the same time, I have to observe to your Excellency that there are a number of petitions that are to be preferred to the Assembly for separation. Some of them I have seen, and I am of opinion if we can have a separation upon reciprocal terms it would not only aleviate the minds of the people, but terminate in strengthening this part of the community with our parent State.

I have the honor to be, sir,
Your obedient humble servant,
EVAN SHELBY.

P. S. If the wisdom of the General Assembly of North Carolina should think Mr. John Sevier a person adequate to succeed me in the office of a brigadier general, I would wish to recommend this gentleman to the honorable the General Assembly.

E. S.

Endorsement:

His Excellency Richard Caswell, Esq., Governor North Carolina.
Honored by Captain Amis.
General Shelby, 29th October, 1787. Received 19th November, 1787.