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Letter from Jethro Sumner to Horatio Gates
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
October 08, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 678-679


Camp Yadkin ford, October 8th, 1780.


I am just now informed by Colo. Taylor, who is just arrived from Colo. Phyfer's, that the Enemy is reinforced from their outposts with 14 pieces of Cannon in all & two Grass-hoppers; that their intention was to march this day, & to fix their Encampment contiguous to Mr. Frohock's Mill, near Salisbury; that the party of Eight hundred were to relieve Ferguson, who was surrounded near Gilbertstown.

A Woman who passed about 15 days ago I am apprehensive has proceeded towards Hillsborough, from the enemy, with the small-pox. I doubt not but she has been sent on purpose to spread that Contagion among the Troops. The Ferry man at this ford, I am informed by Doctor Pasteur & Alexander, whom I sent to

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examine him, has got it. I have had him removed, & shall take such precaution in my power to prevent the infection spreading. Genl. Butler I expect by ten oClock this morning.

I am, Sir, with respect,
Yr. Obdt. Servt.,

P.S. A letter from Genl. Davidson and Colo. Davie I inclose you a copy off.

J. S.
The Honble. Majr. Genl. Gates.