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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
July 16, 1776
Volume 11, Page 317

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

Whitfields 16th July 1776


Since our last by Mr. Gibson to which we in a great measure refer you for your future conduct we have received letters from His Excellency President Rutledge of So Carolina & Genl Lee with respect to Indian Affairs Copies of which you have inclosed and we have only to desire that you will act in conjunction with the Commanding officers of So Carolina & Virginia and as we rely greatly on your wisdom & prudence in not calling forth more Men than are absolutely necessary shall leave this and every other matter to you. Your favour of the 10th of July and the Letters above mentioned have fully convinced us that Hostilities have been committed by the Indians our presence therefore is altogether unnecessary at Salisbury. We are sorry to tell you that our dollar Bills Emitted by the Congresses held at Hillsborough & Halifax have been counterfeited. We shall set off for Halifax tomorrow morning in order to bring if possible to Justice the infamous villains concerned in this wicked business. Should there be a probability of peace being brought about with the Cherokee Nation we think the So Carolina plan as contained in the President's Letter very much to the purpose and wish in case this should be done that you would agree to it. We are wishing you all imaginable Success Sir,

your obed hble. Servt
To Brigadier Rutherford