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Letter from William Blount to Horatio Gates
Blount, William, 1749-1800
September 18, 1780
Volume 14, Page 625


Newbern, Sept. 18th, 1780.


The Bearer, John Rowan, Waggon Master, eight Days past delivered me a letter from P. Mallet, C. G., informing me that the Bearer waited on me with six waggons to take up such Clothing, &c., as I might have purchased, and If I had none to load them up with liquor, sugar, Coffee, Arms or Salt. The waggons wanted so much Repairing that the Quarter Master never got them ready to return before yesterday, and as I yet have not procured my Clothing, &c., I have loaded them back with the Articles mentioned in the inclosed memorandum, which I hope will prove agreeable & wish safe to hand. There are no Arms here. As I am at a loss to know whether Mr. Mallett's order is sufficient for the sending these Articles, I shall be glad of a line acknowledging the Resiet of them. I hope General Gates will excuse the Liberty I have taken in troubling him with this. I should not have done it if I had known who At Hillsborough was the proper person to have addressed it to. I have the Honor to be,

Your most obedient Servant,
Major General Gates,
Commander in Chief
of the Southern Department.