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Letter from William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, and John Penn to the North Carolina Council of Safety
Hooper, William, 1742-1790; Hewes, Joseph, 1730-1779; Penn, John, 1740 or 1-1788
August 06, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 727-728

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

Philadelphia, August 6th, 1776.


We have this morning obtained an order upon the Continental Magazine for half a Ton of Gunpowder for the use of the back Inhabitants of North Carolina. A Mr McDowell an Inhabitant of

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the County of Rowan being on his way home with a Waggon has engaged to take in that quantity & proceed immediately to Salisbury with it. We shall direct him to deliver it to General Rutherford, in his Absence to Mr Matthew Lock, in case of both being absent to Mr Hugh Montgomery. We are induced to this measure from information which we have obtained that the Indians have fallen upon the frontiers of The Colony & that our people are in the most distressed and defenceless situation from the want of Ammunition. We doubt not we shall meet your hearty approbation of this measure & beg leave to subscribe ourselves with Great Respect

Gentlemen, Your most Obed. Humble Servants,