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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Edward Stevens to Horatio Gates
Stevens, Edward
November 24, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 752-753


Hillsborough, November 24th, 1780.

Dear Genl.:

Last evening I red. a packett from the Governour of Virginia. The Letters now inclosed came in it. I also inclose you a Coppy of the Letter I recd. from his Excellency. I am told Governour Rutledge is some where near the Army. This induced me to Inclose you the Letter from him.

I am just now moving to Join you with the Militia, consisting of about 600 Rank & File and about 160 Regular Troops, with Two Field pieces, badly equiped. You may rest ashured no unnecessary delays shall be made on our march thither. I now enclose you the proceedings of the Court of Enquiry that I told you of in my last. The determination of the Court has induced me to parole Capt. Gard to a Room in this place. This day the British Officers & Soldiers taken at King's mountain came in here, five Officers & 31 privates. The first I have Ordered the Quarter Master to procure Quarters for in the Country, to which I shall parole them. The Latter are put into Gaol, & a Terrible place it is, being so crowded. I think it would be good policy, as well as

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Humane to Send them from hence. The Waggons from Newburn is not got here yet. I am afraid when they do arrive their will be bad Accounts of their Cargoes.

Mr. Clay has been here several days, every day of which he expected them in. As he goes on for Head Quarters to Day, he will give you a more full Account about them.

With the greatest esteem, I am, Dear General,
Your most Obedt. & Very humbl. Serv.,