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Letter from John Williams to Richard Caswell
Williams, John
July 15, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 520-521

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Halifax, 15th July, 1777.


This day rec'd your favour by express, and the contents thereof will comply with as soon as possible, a number of officers and recruits has not yet joined us.—Agreeable to your former instructions I ordered a Court of Inquiry, which has been sitting since the 10th instant, and will continue (I expect) two or three days longer: a great number will obtain discharges:— You desire I would say whether I think it practicable to march the men before they receive their wages? For answer I refer your Honor to the proceedings of a General Court Martial, that was held yesterday and herewith you'll receive. I am inform'd the paymaster of the 6 Regiment Mr. Mosely is not gone to the Northward, he lives at or near Rocky Point. We have 266 privates, 5 drummers, 7 fifers, 37 serg'ts., 2 indifferent Commissaries, (to-wit,) Amey and Dent, 2 adjutants, 13 Ensigns, 37 Lieutenants, 23 Captains, 3 Maj'rs., 4 Lieut. Cols, 1 Col. Total effective, 399. Also we have 10 sick in hospital.

The mutiny that happened in camp last Saturday was almost general, occasion'd by orders to hold themselves in readiness to

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march over the River, where it was thought to be the best place to camp; which orders were countermanded, and the soldiers and &c. still remain in town. I shall do my best endeavours to prevent the soldiers from mutiny & desertion. Five hath deserted since the rendez-vous here.

I am Sir with much respect,
Your most obed. Serv't.,
His Excellency Governor Caswell.