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Letter from William Johnston to Richard Bennehan
Johnston, William, 1737-1785
June 07, 1771
Volume 08, Pages 614-615

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from Wm. Johnston to Mr Benehan.

Hillsbo June 7th 1771.

I intended to have shown myself at Little river yesterday, but by means of the Death of some of the Regulators & others of them absconding we are in danger of losing money, therefore found it necessary to dispatch S. T. yesterday, in order to secure some effects, & to morrow morning he must again take the path, & after all am affraid it will not answer any purpose.—The Governor is expected with the prisoners abt Sunday or Monday & a part of the Troops, he joined Genl Waddell some Days ago, near 2,000 of the Regulators have taken the great oath, a great number yet stands out, we hear many in Tom Dabbings quarter are as resolute and hardy as ever, but I hope a few Days will open their Eyes, we are also told that several of the Flat river people are in the same cue.—His Excellency has renew'd his Proclamation to the 10th Instant, in which he has excepted the outlaws, Prisoners in Custody and fifteen others that have not surrendered, amongst whom it is said Wm. Rankin &

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James Wilkinson are too, my little girl I hope is on the Recovery, the Bearer is urgent to be gone therefore must close my Epistle abruptly.

I am
Dr Sr Yrs most Sincerely