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Letter from the North Carolina Council of Safety to the New Bern Committee of Safety
North Carolina. Council of Safety
July 10, 1776
Volume 11, Page 312

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

Whitfields Ferry Dobbs County 10th July 1776

The late engagement at Sullivans Island near Charles Town South Carolina having Expended a great Quantity of Gun Powder from their Batteries, causes that Article to be Scarce with them, in Consequence of which General Lee has ordered from Cape Fear a large Quantity, so that Wilmington will want an immediate supply. You are therefore requested to call on the Commissary of stores, or his deputy, the County Committee of Craven, or such other persons as have the care of the Ammunition at New Bern, and cause the same to be sent off immediately to General Moore, one Ton of Gun Powder, to replace that, sent by General Moore to General Lee; and you are requested in the most Expeditious Manner, to see that this matter is Carried into Execution, it being of the greatest Concern to the Interest and Safety of this, and the province of South Carolina. We should not have given you this Trouble but cannot Learn where the Commissary of Stores is, whose business it is, to have every necessary Article in his possession; On this Critical Emergency we fully rely, no time will be lost in Conveying the above mentioned powder to Cape Fear, as probably the fate of this Continent in a great Measure may depend on it. Inclosed you have an Extract of a Letter from Genl. Lee, and an Account of the late Battle, and the glory of which we Congratulate you.

We are with Respect Gentlemen
Your most Obed.
Humble Servants
Signed by order of the Council of Safety