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Letter from Samuel Johnston to James Iredell
Johnston, Samuel, 1733-1816
April 05, 1776
Volume 10, Page 1032

Letters from Samuel Johnston to James Iredell.

Halifax, 5th April, 1776.

Dear Sir:

We made a house only yesterday, and I am again placed in the chair, very much against my inclination, but there was no such thing as avoiding it. There is little done yet, except an order admitting General McDonald to go at large within the town of Halifax. I am told he is much dissatisfied with being confined to this town, wishing rather to be at some gentleman's house in the country, and refuses to come out. Though I am told his situation is far from being agreeable, he is very obnoxious to the people, and it was with difficulty that even this favor could be procured for him. Our wagons arrived yesterday with about 2,500 pounds of powder, and drums, and colors, for the troops. I have likewise a letter from Hewes of the 20th of last month, but no news except what you have in the newspapers. He seems to despair of a reconciliation; no Commissioners were appointed the 25th December, and the parliament was then prorogued to the 20th of January. All our people here are up for independence. God knows when I shall have the pleasure of seeing you.

Your affectionate brother,