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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 24, 1776
Volume 11, Pages 328-329

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

Halifax 24th July 1776


This day we received a Letter from Mr Sharpe dated the 19th day of this Instant informing us that you had marched on the 18th to the Frontiers of Rowan County at the head of two thousand and five hundred of the Militia of your Brigade. You now have our Express orders to march immediately and carry the war if necessary into the Cherokee Country. There act with the greatest vigour. We have ordered five hundred Men from the Hillsborough Brigade under the Command of Col Joseph Taylor to join you with the expedition

You will immediately have a supply of lead from Chiswells

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Mines Mr. Lock will forward it to you with all the dispatch in his power. We have to request that you will send us expresses constantly and by them to let us know the situation of the Army under your Command and of what you may have occasion for. Yesterday we sent off under a proper guard one thousand weight of Gunpowder agreeable to your request. We depend very much on your prudence and good Conduct and are with great regard Sir,

Your Mo. obed Servts
By order of the Council of Safety
To Brigadier Rutherford