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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from James Browne to Horatio Gates
Browne, James
August 20, 1780
Volume 14, Page 562

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Richmond, near Cotton, August 20th, 1780.

Dr. General:

It is More than three Weeks since I left Maryland with Design to share your fortunes. Unfortunately I have taken a rong Route. Should be glad you would direct me whether or not to endeavor to fix a Hospital at Hilsborough where I am now going, or repair immediately to You. I have neither Money, Medicines, or Stores with me, and depend altogether on the Consequence yr Letter will give me for Supplys. The Legislature of No. Carolina will, if you direct me to apply, supply me with Medicines, there being an apothecary shop at Halifax which I am told will be seized for the Use of my Hospital, provided I procure your Approbation. Richman promises much, but I am afraid little lies in his Power to perform. Should come immediately to you, but the Tories are all around us. You have not conquered! I am almost consoled. All Officers that I have seen agree that your Disposition and Conduct deserved more than Victory.

I am, with the most sincere regard and Attachment, your very hble. Servant,

Some Gent have come on with me, and Dr. Johnston is expected daily.