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Letter from Cornelius Harnett to Thomas Burke
Harnett, Cornelius, 1723-1781
January 26, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 254-255


Halifax, 26 January, 1779.

Dear Sir:

I arrived here on Thursday last, after one of the most terrible journeys that a man 55 years old ever took. I rode through frost and snow in some places 3 feet deep. Our Assembly seem to be inclined to do good, & we shall soon (I hope) get a state of our accounts sent on to Congress. I take the Liberty to enclose to you a letter just now received from Mr. Starkey of Onslow County. You are a much better judge of the Contents than I am, & it is my sincere wish that Justice may be done in the Case to the parties. I wish you to render Mr. Starkey Service as far as it may consist with Law & Justice. Your friends are all well. Remember me kindly to Messrs. Penn and Hill. Georgia is invaded. Whether the Enemy intend to keep possession of Savannah or not, is at

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present uncertain. General Lincoln is near the Enemy. Some of the No. Carolina Militia are with him & the others marching forward. I have not more of Consequence to Communicate

& am, with unfeigned esteem,
Dr. Sir, Your affect. & Obed't Serv't,