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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from John Penn to Richard Caswell
Penn, John, 1740 or 1-1788
October 06, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 644-645

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Sunday Morning, October 6th, 1777.

Dear Sir:—

This minute we had an Express from Head Quarters and are informed that General Washington had harangued his Army, who promised to follow him where he pleased, the express says the Soldiers are in high spirits, and that the General has promised them the plunder &c. of the Tories in the City for two days if they

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defeat Howe's Army, and that the General is determined to attack Howe, who is in the City. I do not mention this as a fact, but it seems to be generally believed here. You will observe from Howe's proclamation that he thinks he has ruined us by refusing to continue his days of grace, no more pardons to be granted. I hope soon to write your Excellency something that will be worth reading.

I am with respect, Sir, your obt Servt.,

This in haste in the street.