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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from William Hooper to the Provincial Congress of North Carolina
Hooper, William, 1742-1790
November 14, 1776
Volume 10, Page 902

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letters from William Hooper Delegate from North Carolina in the Continental Congress to the Congress at Halifax.

Philadelphia, Novr 14th, 1776.


We have this moment received Intelligence from the Jersies that 100 of the Enemies Ships have been seen off the Coast of Shrewsbury steering Southward. They probably intend for this place, however as it is possible they may intend farther Southward, the Congress have thought proper to dispatch an express to you that you may hold yourselves in immediate readiness to oppose any attempts against your State, or to render assistance to your neighbours.

A Careful lookout should be kept along the sea coast, that we may be apprized of their movements and not taken napping. As your defence & that of South Carolina must consist chiefly in militia you will take measures that they hold themselves in perfect readiness to march when and wherever the Convention shall think fit to order them. We are making every possible preparation to oppose any designs they may have against this place & with the blessing of God I confide shall be able to disappoint them.

I am Gentlemen, with the greatest Respect,
Your Obedt Humble Servant