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Letter from William Tryon to John Harvey
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
March 19, 1771
Volume 08, Pages 697-698

Newbern 19th March 1771.

Colonel John Harvey.

Though I am apprehensive your Situation lays too remote from the seat of the disturbances in this Country to give Government in time any aid to suppress the Insurgents I nevertheless out of respect to you take the Liberty to inform you that I purpose the last week in next month to begin my march from Newbern to Orange County so as to be if possible the first week in May in the Settlements of the Insurgents.

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Inclosed is a Copy of the Letter of Instructions to the commanding Officers of the several Regiments of Militia. If you therefore think you can procure from the Counties of Pasquotank and Perquimans with the Assistance of Colonel Taylor a company of fifty men agreeable to the regulations inclosed and contrive so as they might be at Hillsborough the 6th of May next I should be glad then to take them under my command.

When they arrive at Hillsborough the Commissary will furnish them with Provisions at which time the Eight pence per Man per day will be stopped for the Commissary.

I take this opportunity to thank you for your kind present to me the last winter. Wishing you a perfect reestablishment of your health:

I am &c: &c:

P. S. I wish your son could command the company.