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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Jethro Sumner to Richard Caswell
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
August 03, 1779
Volume 14, Page 335

[Letter in the Possession of Dr. Thos. Addis Emmet, New York.]

Shocco, August 3rd, 1779.


I arrived here the 30th July, where I shall be glad to receive y'r orders Respecting the collect'g and form'g the Troops intend'd to be under Continental officers. I have inclosed you a monthly return of the Brig.; also the pay bills from which the Levies' officers have rec'd their pay. Capt. Morehead, Capt. Cowan, Lieut. Williams and Orrell have rec'd their pay to the time of there entering in the Continental service. Capt. Temples, being sick near the Silver Bluff, on Savannah river, was out of my power to pay him. However, I, a few days before I rec'd there pay, inclos'd him one Hundred & twenty Dol'rs; the other part in my hands I shall pay him on sight. Provisions I am apprehensive will be found scarce, particularly Flower. I should advise, if you approve, that the Troops under Continental officers, as soon as can, be embodied, to be march'd on the High Hills of Santee or on Broad River, if they can be armed, &c., where they might take march to the ∗ ∗ of the lower country, about Edystoe, &c., South Carolina.

I am, Sir, with esteem,
Y'r very H'ble Serv't,
Excell'y Govern'r Caswell, &c.