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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from William Christian to [William] Russell
Christian, William, ca. 1742 - 1786
November 12, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 901-902

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from Colonel William Christian, Commanding Virginia forces against the Cherokees, to Colonel Russell.

November 12th, 1776, at Major Shelley's.


Yesterday Isaac Thomas brought me a message from Capt Roberson, of Watauga, signifying his desire to have leave to go into the Nation after Horses; I have considered the matter and think it most prudent, that no person whatsoever shall go there except by my orders untill the Virginia & North Carolina States do determine under whose protection the Nation is to be considered; or who is to Treat with them hereafter. The people will git their Horses as well without going; And those who go will be suspected of having some Evil views.

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Therefore it is my express orders that no person or persons whatsoever shall go to the Overhill Cherokees without my leave; unless Authorized by the Virginia or Carolina States, or untill further orders. You are desired to publish this letter everywhere where you may think necessary, that no person may hereafter plead Ignorance when call'd to an account for it; send a Copy certified, by Express to Capt Roberson as speedily as in your power; let it be sent night and day untill it gits to him; and let the messenger be a man who will know what he delivers.

I am Sir, your Obedt Servt,