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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from the North Carolina Council of Safety to Griffith Rutherford
North Carolina. Council of Safety
June 24, 1776
Volume 11, Pages 303-304

(From Ms. Records in Office of Secretary of State.)
Copy of Letter wrote Gen. Rutherford

Whitfields Ferry 24th June 1776

As we have every reason to believe the Emmissaries of Government are making use of every means in their power to Induce the Indian Nations to fall upon the Inhabitants of these Colonies, Your own prudence will direct that you hold the Militia of your Department in readiness to repel any Hostilities which may be Commenced against us by any of the Indian Nations—for this Purpose we have Ordered 1000℔s Gun powder to be sent from Halifax to your Care, and we doubt not you will be very attentive to the expenditure of it in Case the Indians should begin Hostilities. It is the Intention of this Council that you Cautiously avoid and to the utmost of your power endeavor to prevent the Inhabitants of this Colony from committing any Depredations on the Indians—and that no Hostilities be Commenced against them unless they make an attack upon the Inhabitants Settled within the Boundary Line. The Article of Lead is very much wanted in Cross Creek & Wilmington. If you have not a sufficient Quantity already brought from Chizzells Mines the Commissioners appointed for that purpose will we doubt not with all expedition procure it, and Leave with you a sufficient Quantity for the present, & send the remainder with all expedition down the Country 1000℔s of which to be Lodged at Cross Creek in the hands of Col.

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Folsome and the remainder to be sent into Bladen County to the care of William McKee Esqr.

we are with great regard
Sir, Your most obed Servt
Signed by order of the Committee of Safety
C. H.