George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Richard Caswell, 21 December 1777

From Richard Caswell

North Carolina, Newburn 21st Dec. 1777


The bearer Mr Charles Forbes was not long since an Ensign in the British Service, had taken some disgust on account of the treatment he received from some of the Officers, and thereupon left the service, went to Bermuda—and from thence came into this state, with a design of entering into the Service of the United States, of America, by the advice of the Council of State he hath been permitted to take an Oath of Fidelity to this State. I have also given him permission to pass to your Camp, and this is merely to introduce Mr Forbes to your Excellency. He is an entire Stranger. I know nothing more of him than what is above. Please to excuse the freedom I have now taken and believe me to be with the greatest regard and esteem. Sir, your Excellency’s mo. ob. Servt

R. Caswell

LB, Nc-Ar: Governor’s Letter Book.

Charles Forbes, formerly an ensign in the 14th Regiment, took an oath of allegiance to the state of North Carolina on 5 Feb. 1777, and on 23 Dec. 1777 the North Carolina general assembly authorized him to receive “fifty pounds current money to defray his expences in traveling from this State to head quarters” (N.C. State Records description begins Walter Clark, ed. The State Records of North Carolina. 16 vols., numbered 11-26. Winston and Goldsboro, N.C., 1895–1907. description ends , 11:364, 12:434). It is not known, however, whether or not Forbes ever traveled to Valley Forge or served in the American forces.

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