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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Cornelius Harnett to William Wilkinson
Harnett, Cornelius, 1723-1781
August 11, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 748-749


Piladelphia 11th August 1777

Dear Sir,

Your favour of the 16th July only came to hand a few days, I am exceedingly anxious to hear from Cape Fear– & am obliged to you for the information in regard to my family, I sincerely regret the death of our worthy friend Foster—he has a brother living in one of the Counties in the Deleware State, pray inform me whether he made a Will & how he has left his affairs.

The Northern partment have been much alarmed by the loss of Ticonderroga. Genl. Gates is appointed by Congress to command the Army in that Quarter & the General Officers who commanded there before, are ordered to repair to head Quarters to have their Conduct inquired into– We have had no certain account of the

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Destination of the fleet which sailed from Sandy Hook upwards of three weeks ago with Genl. Howe's Army on board, which has kept Genl. Washington in great suspense as you will see by the News Papers Inclosed– Mr. Mallett who arrived here a few days ago informs me there has been a Terrible Mortality among the Slaves at Cape Fear, I am sorry to hear it. I beg you will inclose me the So. & No. Carolina papers by every post or other opportunity, you know there is no danger of paying Postage– At foot I sent you Prices Current of sundry Articles here and should you have Occasion for any of them at those prices I desire you will send the money, as I have spent all I brought with me & my 1800 per an. will not maintain me– Present my Compliments to Mr. Brice & desire him to send me the accts Sales of all the Prizes sent in by the Continental ships of war as I am obliged to settle with the Bord of Treasurers. I write Mr. Hooper &c by this Opportunity but I desire you will tell them I expect Letters from them in return or I shall stop my hand—remember me kindly to all my friends & be assured that I am, Dear Sir,

Your sinc. friend & hu. Servt.
William Wilkinson Esqr.


Prices Current
west India rum 40s to 45s per Gall.
Noward rum 30s–36s.
Lo Sugar .15 per pound.
bro Sugar 7s–6 Do
1 quart punch 10.
Board by the week £10 to £12
Beef 2s–6 per lb
Chickens 3s-9 & 2s–6
a water Mellon 7s–6
1 night Stables & feeding 1 horse 10s to 11s
Shirting Linnen 40s to 45s
And indeed every other Species of goods & Provisions in proportion.
Tea 16 per lb wine £3 to £4 per Gall
Dinner & Club at a Tavern from 20s to 35s