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Letter from William Blount to Horatio Gates
Blount, William, 1749-1800
November 09, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 731-732


New Bern, November 9th, 1780.


Yours by my Brother of the 7th October, accompained with several Memorandums, yours of the 10th by Mr. McCashlin, and yours of the 21st by Mr. Munford, I have had the honor to receive, and have paid particular Attention to their Contents. With respect to the several Things of which I sent you an Invoice by my Brother, they have, all except the Stockings, been procured and are sent you by the Bearer. In the Division of the Goods between the Captors & Messrs. Stanly, Green & Mill, (the Owners,) the Stockings fell in the part of the Captors, which put it out of the power of the latter to supply that Article. A subdivision will shortly take place among the Captors, when perhaps I may yet get them. I also expect to get from them a part of their Canvas for tent Cloth, both which shall be forwarded to you as soon as obtained, for which purpose I have here detained a Waggon. The Memorandums sent by my Brother I have been able to compleat only in part. Such Things I could get you will find mentioned in the Invoice, which the Bearer will deliver you, which is also an invoice of the several Things committed to his charge, and such Things as you do not find there mentioned are not here to be had, except the Saddle, Bridle, Circingle & Girths; they have fell in the Captor's parts and shall be sent by the Waggon which I have detained. A Pipe of Wine and a Chest of Bohea Tea not being here to be had, I have sent half a Pipe and 25 ℔s. Green Tea, which I hope will do untill more can be had. All the Cloths delivered me of those brought in by the Marquis of Britegney

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were by me immediately, As I received them, dispatched to you. When first I wrote you I informed you that such Cloths were here brought in by the Marquis, and by him said to be superfine, but I had never seen them, and if they have proved otherwise, (Coarse,) as I am informed they have, I am sorry for it. I doubt not but you have expected the Waggons these many days past, as you had every reason to do so, but that it has not been in my power to forward them to you sooner. Hope Mr. Clay has convinced you as well as of my best Wishes to serve you.

I have the Honour to be, Esteem'd Sir,
Your most Obedient Humble Servant,
The Honble. Major General Gates, Hillsborough.