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Letter from Thomas Craike to Richard Caswell
Craike, Thomas
July 19, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 172-173

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Col. Hardy's, 19th July, 1779.


On examining Capt. Killums' Invoice which you gave me, I don't imagine it will be worth my attention, as there are very few goods in it that will suit the Army. It mentions only 6 pieces of Blue Cloth, and not one of them fine. The rest of the Cloths are all coarse, (which appears by comparing the prices of one piece with another), excepting a few pieces of mixed cloths, and of such colors as will not suit to make into clothes for the Soldiers. I should be glad to have the Hats and Blankets if they could be had without taking other goods with them, but from what I can learn, Capt. Killum wants to sell the whole Invoice together.

The gentlemen who will deliver to your Excellency this, is a neighbor of Capt. Killum's. He has seen the goods, and from his information very few of them will suit either the officers or men. If any opportunity offers to Halifax, immediately, I will be obliged to your Excellency for your opinion, whether I should proceed to Pasquotank or not? I am of opinion I can employ my time much better for the service than going there, as it will take me about 10 days, probably to no purpose. The cloth on hand is sufficient to allow every officer about six yards each of superior fine, and 4 or 5 yds. of coating each. I am informed Mr. Jno. Humphries and his Partners, of Pasquotank, have a parcel of stockings. If I could be certain of their having a quantity of them, I would go there, tho' he lives about 80 miles below Edenton. I have given the bearer, Mr. John Everton, a memorandum to Mr. Humphries to write to me at Wilmington, or to your Excellency, the quantity, quality and price of his stockings as soon as he possibly can. If your Excellency would write to Col. Saml. Jarvis, who lives near Mr. Humphries, he will probably take the trouble of seeing the stockings, and advise you whether they will suit. If they are not too high charged; if they are at

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a reasonable rate and not damaged, I believe he had better agree for them, as stockings are very scarce and dear. Excuse haste.

I am your
Excellency's ob. Serv't,