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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Thomas Burke to Thomas Hart
Burke, Thomas, ca. 1747-1783
February 13, 1779
Volume 14, Page 22

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Philadelphia, February 13th, 1779.

Dear Sir:

By Joseph Sharp, Jun., who has just now given me notice that he is setting off for Hillsborough in a few hours, I take an opportunity of writing you a line, and inclosing you the News Papers for some days past. In them you will find all the News which I can at present communicate.

I am in the most disagreeable state of anxiety for want of hearing from home; not a single line has reached me yet, and silence never could distress me more. I do not know whether I shall be here long enough to receive a letter which may be written after this comes to your hands.

I have every wish and some expectation of being relieved, and hope the Assembly have taken for that purpose the necessary measures. At all events I mean to set off for home on the 15th of March, if I can do it consistent with the public service; this, however, is at present little more than speculation. You know whether I am relieved or not; if I am not, pray write me a line. If I am, I shall myself lose no time in returning home.

I must take part in a debate that is now agitating and therefore am obliged to conclude.

I am, Dear Sir,
Yours very truly,