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Letter from Robert Rowan to Richard Caswell, September 18, 1777

This image shows an excerpt of a letter from Robert Rowan to Governor Richard Caswell, dated September 18, 1777. In the letter, Rowan tells Governor Caswell about the outcome of his effort to get Connor Dowd, a merchant from the Deep River area in what is today near the border between Moore and Chatham Counties, to take the oath to the Revolutionary government. Rowan had been trying in a friendly way to get Dowd, a pacifist with Loyalist sympathies, to join. Rowan's efforts were undermined, in his opinion, by the more combative and aggressive actions of Philip Alson, a revolutionary from the Deep River area, who had Dowd thrown in jail. 

The entire letter is in the papers of Governor Richard Caswell in the Governors Papers collection at the State Archives of North Carolina. A transcription of the letter is also available in the Colonial and State Records of North Carolina at this link:

Image of a page from the original September 18, 1777 letter from Robert Rowan to Governor Richard Caswell. In this excerpt, Rowan mentions the actions of Philip Alston and the arrest of Connor Dowd, a Loyalist.
Citation (Chicago Style): 

Rowan, Robert. Robert Rowan to Richard Caswell. September 18, 1777. Letter. From Governor Richard Caswell Correspondence, Governors Papers Series Two, State Archives of North Carolina.

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