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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from the North Carolina Council of Safety to James Armstrong
North Carolina. Council of Safety
July 29, 1776
Volume 11, Pages 334-335

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

Halifax 29th July 1776


We have received a letter from the Committee of Surry County dated 20th July requesting a supply of Ammunition. The Council have already sent Genl Rutherford for the use of Salisbury district a large Quantity of powder and a draught on the Managers of Chizzell's mines to supply Mr. Matthew Lock with as much lead as he may have Occasion for, but as General Rutherford may have marched against the Indians before our orders on him to supply your County can arrive we have delivered to Mr. Wm Sheppard, one hundred and fifty weight of Powder and an order on Mr. Locke for five hundred weight of Lead for the use & protection of Surry County, whose Inhabitants we highly applaud for their firmness and spirit in supporting the American Cause and shall at all times be ready to give them every protection and assistance in our power.

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we send you inclosed a declaration of Independence lately published by the Continental Congress with our directions to the Committees, respecting the same. We trust that you will summon the people of your County to meet on this Occasion and have the Independency Proclaimed in the most public manner. We are Sir, with respect

Your Mo. Obed Servts
Signed in behalf of the Council.
Col Armstrong