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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Cornelius Harnett to Richard Caswell
Harnett, Cornelius, 1723-1781
February 10, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 37-38

[From Executive Letter Book.]

York Town Pennsylvania Febry 10th 1778.

Dear Sir,

I had it not in my power to send you the pay and rations of a Major General on the Continental establishment until yesterday, tho' I applied to our Secry Mr. Thompson, soon after receiving your Excellency's favor, to Mr. Penn & myself. Indeed I have been confined to my room for these 10 days past by a fit of the gout, which has prevented my attendance of Congress much against my inclination.

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Our Grand Army remains in winter quarters hutted at Valley Forge. Nothing interesting has lately happened in that District. Congress are not yet determined to call for the reinforcement offered by North Carolina; should such an event take place, your Excellency may be assured of receiving the earliest notice possible.

I take the liberty to enclose the last paper which contains very little, except the King's Speech to Parliament. I have nothing particular to mention having written to you a few days ago.

I am with the greatest respect, your Excellency's most obedient very huml. servt.
I beg leave to present my most respectful compliments to your Council.

Pay of a Major Genl. 166 Dol. pr mo. and 15 Rations.

His Aid de Camp 50 Dol. pr Mo. with rank of Major, no rations.

His Secry 50 Dol. pr Mo.