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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Griffith Rutherford to Richard Caswell
Rutherford, Griffith, ca. 1721 - 1805
February 01, 1777
Volume 11, Page 372

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

February 1st 1777.


These are to acquaint you of the unhappy situation of the Frontiers of this State. You will receive by the bearer, Robert Lynn, a letter I received by Express, from Col. Carter of Washington District, giving an account of a family killed on Holston River, within two miles of the Long Island. I have received the deposition of Robert Drew a trader who on his oath, says the Indians are determined for war. He says the Cherokees have received a letter from Cameron that the Creeks, Chickasaws and Choctaws are to join against Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Also that Capt. Stuart is gone up the Mississippi five weeks before the time that Drews got that account, from the Ind ans, with goods and ammunition, to the northward nation, to cause them to fall on these parts. The people to the Frontiers is applying to me for aid to guard the frontiers. I know not that I am authorized to do anything of that kind, without your Excellency's approbation, be so kind to give me full instructions by the bearer. The Tories doubtless is embodying themselves in Surry County, yesterday I recd. a letter from Col. Armstrong, of that County, that they had taken two Guns from his men in his neighborhood, Sir you'l please to give some instructions concerning them. Ammunition is very scarce in these parts. I hope you will order a supply. I am Sir, your Excellency's mo. humbl. serv't