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Letter from Richard Caswell to Patrick Henry
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
May 25, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 135-136

[From Executive Letter Book.]

New Bern 25th May 1778.


Your favor of the 16th Instant with its enclosure I received and most sincerely return your congratulations on the event of the Treaty with France. I think the permanency of our Independency much depends on it and every true friend to Freedom must rejoice on receiving the accounts published by Congress. The late session passed an Act declaring entries of lands beyond the Indian limits

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void, and directing the entry takers to return the monies they had received from the same and fixing the boundaries agreeable to Treaty. On receiving complaints from the Indians similar to those mentioned by your Excellency, I issued a Proclamation promulging such part of the Act aforesaid as I deemed necessary and forbidding any settlements or Trespasses on the Indian Lands—I sent a Talk to the Raven of Chola in answer to one I received from him, which I flatter myself will remove the apprehensions of the Indians, of our depriving them of any lands beyond the Boundaries and reconcile them to the people of this State.

I have the Honor to be with the greatest esteem and regard Sir,
Your Excellency's mo. ob. & very huml. servt,