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Letter from Jethro Sumner to Richard Caswell
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
July 09, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 189-190

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Camp Near Halifax 9th July 1778.


I arrived here the 6th Inst. and agreeable to your letter to Col. Hogun, have formed the volunteers and Drafts of eleven Counties into a Regiment, which will nearly complete it to the proper establishment, but I cannot omit acquainting you that several

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of them were mere Boys, and indeed some others who by no means ought to have been received, as the short time they are to continue, in the service, will not answer the good purpose expected—several Deserters have been apprehended of their Drafts, of which Counties &c I shall make you a return, and of other deficiencies as soon as possible.

Col. Hogun encloses you the names of the officers, recommended or appointed to this Regiment in nominating three subn resigned.

Your Excellency requests a Court of the line of officers to recommend such best qualified for the service of the Country. The officers to the eastward, many, I cannot get any account of. Col. Armstrong I shall despatch from this, immediately to take command at Peytonsburg, as there is not a full Col. in that department. Col. Lamb and Col. Sheppard will be here.

The Regiment that moves under the command of Col. Hogun for Head Quarters, will require some money to purchase forage, &c., &c., on their way. The officers have 6 or 8 months pay due them; I wish to receive your Excellency's orders frequently, which I shall pay the utmost respect to. I am Sir,

Your very hume. Servt.