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Letter from Richard Caswell to George Washington
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
February 15, 1778
Volume 13, Page 46

[From Executive Letter Book.]

North Carolina NewBern 15th Febry 1778.


I had the Honor of receiving your Excellency's favors of the 25th and 29th December, last, the former advising the receipt of a Resolve of the General Assembly of this State respecting resignations of Officers of the Troops raised here, the latter enclosing a return of the No Carolina Regiments in the Grand Army. I am much concerned to find those Regiments so exceedingly short of their complement of men, and beg leave to assure you Sir, that every attention shall be paid and such measures adopted as may be in their power to make them more respectable and as nearly complete as possible.

The distresses of the Soldiery for want of Clothing are truly alarming, and the feelings of every man of the least sensibility must be wounded on receiving the information of their unhappy circumstances. Since I was favored with your Excellency's account of their sufferings, I have been happy in purchasing for our Troops about 4000 yards of woolen Cloth, 300 Blankets, 1500 yards of Osnaburgs, some Shoes and Stockings. I have also purchased a considerable quantity of Tanned leather and Deerskins, all which will be sent on to the Clothier General, so soon as I can procure wagons. A considerable quantity of salt and salted provisions have been also purchased under my directions, which are forwarding to South Quay in Virginia from whence they will be hauled over to Suffolk about 16 miles, and so forwarded by Col: Aylett in the best and most expeditious manner in his power.

I take the liberty of enclosing a Gazette of the 13th Inst containing the only news here except a report of a revolution in Canada which wants confirmation.

I have the honor to be with the greatest regard Sir,
Your Excellency's most Ob. Servt.