Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Richard Caswell, 30 June 1779

To Richard Caswell

Williamsburg June 30th. 1779.


Since writing the within, I learn that the Caswell Galley is sunk at her station, that her bottom is eaten out, and her original form such that she could not be hove down to be refitted. The within proposition therefore, your Excellency will be pleased to understand as confined to the Washington only.

By direction of the Assembly of this State, I do myself the honor of enclosing their resolution containing a proposition for quieting the minds and possessions of those settlers near our unextended boundary as may have unwarily entered in the one State for lands lying in the other. I hope it will be recommended to your patronage as well by its justice as its tendency to promote that friendly harmony so necessary for our general good, and so agreeable to the dispositions of the Citizens of our particular states towards each other. The within letters to the Speakers of the two Houses of your Assembly contain copies of the same resolution, which I take the liberty of transmitting through your hands to them.

I am Sir with the greatest esteem & respect Your mo. ob. & mo. huml Servt.,

Th: Jefferson

Tr (NcDAH); in Governor Richard Caswell’s Letter Book. RC listed as item 128 in an undated catalogue of Raphael King, Ltd., London [ca. Dec. 1946].

TJ’s letter to Caswell of 22 June was evidently transmitted with this letter. The resolution of the assembly, passed 15 June 1779, concerning the extension of the boundary line between Virginia and North Carolina is printed in State Records of North Carolina, xiv, 314, and also in JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , May 1779, 1827 edn., 48–9.

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