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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from John Hunter to Cornelius Harnett
Hunter, John
August 17, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 749-750

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from James Hunter, prisoner of war to the North Carolina Council of Safety.

Martinborough, August 17th, 1776.

Cornelius Harnett, Esqre


It is with infinite concern I can assure you of the great uneasiness it gives me; having incurrd the disspleasure of the Honble the Council, so far, as to be confined to the narrow Limits of this town, deprived of all Company, and the liberties allowed to other Prisoners. It is with truth Sir I can assure you, that in whatever light my behaviour has been represented; that it never was my intention to be of the least hurt to the cause while a Prisoner and if any

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unguarded Expressions escaped me since my Confinement, I promise for the future to be more on my Guard; and could wish to be removed to some more agreeable Situation; or have my Limitts extended here; although I could earnestly wish to be reinstated among my fellow prisoners whose Company I could enjoy. Pray excuse the freedom of a Stranger who has no other view than a more extensive Liberty and to remain

With every respect your most obedt Servt