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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from the North Carolina Council of Safety to John Rutledge
North Carolina. Council of Safety
August 03, 1776
Volume 11, Page 337

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

Halifax 3rd August 1776


We have this moment rec'd a Letter from Mr. Page president in Virginia, informing us of the success of a party of Virginians against the Creeks and Cherokees. We beg leave to congratulate your Excellency on this Circumstance. We presume Mr. Page has given to your Excellency or to Gen. Lee the same Intelligence which he has communicated to us, however lest thro haste he should have omitted so to do, here follows the Post Script of his Letter to us.—“We have certain Intelligence by a person who made his Escape from the Cherokee Towns that they were marching 600 Men into our Frontiers (the party defeated by the Virginians was a Detachment from that Army) that they had 2400 Hundred fighting men in the different Towns,—that Creeks had joined and 15 Northern Tribes.” We have ordered Gen. Rutherford with the Militia in the District of Salisbury, to join and cooperate with your Forces against the Indians, and we hear that he has about 2000 Men ready or nearly ready to march. We have ordered 500 Men from the District next to Salisbury, to reinforce Gen. Rutherford, and 300 Men to join the Virginians agst. the Overhill Cherokees.

His Ex. John Rutledge Esqr.