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Letter from Richard Caswell to Abner Nash
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
June 06, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 841-842


Kingston, 6th June, 1780
, ½ past 4 O'clock P. M.

To His Excellency Abner Nash, Governor:


I have this moment rec'd a Letter from B. G. Caswell, with the Letter herewith, for your Excellency. He has made good his retreat to Cross Creek, & I presume given your Excellency the same information he has given me; therefore 'tis unnecessary for me to repeat it. A Letter, also addressed to your Excellency, accompanies this (from Mr. Mallett). He requests to be furnished with £200,000. If it is your pleasure to send any money on, I presume you will have frequent opport'ys to my Camp, and will be able to find out some person who can be trusted. In the mean time I will furnish Mr. Malett from the stock your Excel'y ordered me for the purchase of Cattle. I am really distressed at the Militia's coming in so slowly. Only a few from Jones & Dobbs are yet arrived. Give me leave to entreat your Excellency

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to order (per Express) the Men from Carteret, Beaufort & Hyde, as well as the districts of Edenton & Halifax, to push on with the greatest Alacrity to my Camp, which will be formed at or near Campbelton, as soon as possible. I shall send an Express directly to B. G. Caswell, informing him that I shall proceed to Cross Creek as soon as practicable, and in the mean Time direct him to keep a Good look out, so as, at all events, prevent a surprise, & in case he receives accts. of the Enemies' approach in force to cross Cape Fear and keep the River between them & him. The General writes me a party (He is informed by Deserters & those who fled from Camden) are going agst. Wilmington. Will it not be necessary to give Genl. Lillington notice of this? I hope to hear from you by the return of the Bearer.

I have the Honor to be, Sir,
Your Excelly's most obedt. & very humble Servt.,