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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from John Penn to Horatio Gates
Penn, John, 1740 or 1-1788
September 22, 1780
Volume 14, Page 640


Hillsb'gh, September 22nd, 1780.


Your favor of this date, inclosing a letter from Doctor Burke addressed to you, I am to acknowledge. The observations made by the General and Field Officers under your Command, in regard to supplying the Army, are undoubtedly true, for unless provisions are procured for the Troops they must get supplies for themselves, no man can deny.

In order as far as I can to prevent the ill consequence, taking place mentioned by Doctr. Burke, relating to the manner of seizing and granting certificates, I have directed Mr. Alexander Mebane to do everything in his power to procure provision for the Army, & send you his Instructions.

I have wrote to the officers in the different Counties to have Commissrs. appointed, agreeable to the act of Assembly, for Collecting the Tax. You may depend on every exertion and assistance that the Board of War can make in order to support the Army under your Command.

I have the Honor to be, with great Respect,
Your Excellys. most obt. Servt.
The Honble. Majr. Genl. Gates.

A Copy of the Act of Assembly for Collecting the Grain, &c., shall be made out & sent you the first leisure hour to day or to morrow.

J. P.