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Letter from William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, and John Penn to Cornelius Harnett
Hooper, William, 1742-1790; Hewes, Joseph, 1730-1779; Penn, John, 1740 or 1-1788
July 29, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 679-680

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from the North Carolina Delegates in the Continental Congress to the Council of Safety.

Dear Sir,

This morning in consequence of a letter from Governour Rutledge informing the Congress that the Cherokee nation had begun Hostilities, a Resolve has passed recommending to the Provinces of Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia to assist and co-operate with South Carolina in carrying on a War with all possible vigor against those savages. This however is by no means intended to alter the plan of military operations which you have begun or to draw off the Strength of our back Country to a distant part merely for the sake of acting in the same place with the South Carolinians, if the Opposition can be made as effectually in any manner devised by yourselves and from a part of your province from whence hostilities may successfully be carried into the bosom of the Cherokee Country. In fact nothing is meant but to subdue the Cherokees.

We intended to have wrote you the other day by Capt Tool but his precipitate departure prevented it. Nothing very material has occurred since he left this—what before you will find by having recourse to the newspapers which by him We inclosed to your Council of Safety. General Washington is at New York with a large army. Gen. Howe on Staten Island with about 10,000 men and expecting every day reinforcements. Some slight skirmishes have happened but nothing decisive. We expect soon to hear that the Armies are in contact & then We shall write you again.

We have taken advantage of a moment's leisure from the Business of New York to call the Attention of the Congress to the State of North Carolina. This Evening they meet & from the disposition of the congress We flatter ourselves the very reasonable requisitions signified in your Lettr & some other matters which have occurred to

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us since as necessary for the safety of our Colony will be duely attended to.

Pray make our best respects to your honourable Board & believe us to be with great Regard,

Your most obedt Humhle Servts

Philadelphia, July 29th, 1776.