George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Richard Dobbs Spaight, 15 December 1794

From Richard Dobbs Spaight

North Carolina NewBern 15th Decem: 1794


I have to acknowledge the receipt of the Secretary of war’s letter of the 20th of Novem: last respecting patroles on Western frontier of this State.1 At the meeting of the General Assembly which takes place on the 31st inst: I will lay General Knox’s letter with its enclosures before them and as they will then be in possession of every necessary information respecting the state of the frontiers, they will be enabled to judge whether the patroles may be dismissed with safety to the citizens of those counties and if upon enquirey they find that they can be I am certain they will have no objections to my issuing orders to Colonel Vance to discharge them, As soon as the business is acted on I shall do myself the honor to inform you of the result. I am &c.

Rd D. Spaight

LB, Nc-Ar: Governors’ Letterbooks.

1Knox’s letter of 20 Nov. informed Spaight that the War Department had recently paid accounts amounting to $8,864.77 for patrols of the North Carolina frontiers. He continued: “It will depend upon your Excellency’s Judgment, and nearer view of the subject, whether these Patroles, or any part of them, are still to be kept in Service—I beg that you would have the Goodness to inform me of the Result” (Nc-Ar: Governors’ Correspondence).

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