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Letter from William Tryon to Hugh Waddell
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
May 10, 1771
Volume 08, Page 714

Hillsborough 10th May 1771.

General Waddell.

The Army arrived here yesterday in good health and in High Spirits. I shall be at the place of Rendezvous at the time appointed from whence I shall be happy to carry into execution in concert with you the most vigorous measures in the support of Government and the invaluable Rights of the Constitution—The Army with me is formidable from the unanimity that subsists through all Ranks independent of its Numbers which with its Officers included will be little short of two thousand men. I have a good Train of Artillery well provided with Ammunition—General Gage sent me some Brass Cannon from New York which fortunately arrived at Newbern the day before we marched.

Perhaps this letter may fall into the Enemy's hands; if it should my operations will be the same and the principles of my actions invariable. My heart feels a generous warmth in the cause in which I am inlisted and I trust I shall pursue it with an ardor that will not discredit the confidence that is reposed in my conduct by both officers and Soldiers under my command.