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Letter from William Tryon to Wills Hill, Marquis of Downshire
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
December 14, 1771
Volume 08, Page 635

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[From Tryon's Letter Book.]
Letter from Governor Tryon to Earl Hillsborough.

Fort George, New York, 14th Dec. 1771.

My Lord,

Being furnished through the good offices of Governor Martin with the return of the strength of the forces under my command six days after the battle of Alamance (which I left behind in North Carolina), I have the honor now to transmit the same to your Lordship, with the names of the six persons whose execution I suspended during his Majestys pleasure, at the particular solicitation of the officers of the army, having been convicted of high treasons, at Hillsborough Superior Court in June last, Viz., James Stewart, James Emmerson, William Brown, Forester Mercer, James Copeland and Harmon Cox. I am therefore to repeat my earnest request to your Lordship to obtain his Majesty's free pardon for those unhappy and penitent men.

The troops under General Waddell (raised from the western counties) and who did not join me till the Kings birthday, amounting to upwards of four hundred men, are not included in the return herewith transmitted.

I have the honor to be with all possible respect,
My Lord,
Your Lordships &c, &c.

P. S. This letter, my Lord, is numbered 79, being considered as part of the North Carolina correspondence.