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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Nathanael Greene to Horatio Gates
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786
December 08, 1780
Volume 14, Page 768


Camp Charlotte, Decembr. 8th, 1780.

Dear Sir:

Upon examining into some of the out lines of the business of my command, I find myself much at a loss for information; and none of the papers you have left me are calculated to give the information I want.

I beg you will be kind enough to inform me what bills you have drawn, on what States and to what amount, in whose favour, and for what purpose; whether for things received, or things to be provided. Also the names and places of abode of all the persons you have commissioned to make purchases for this Army in the different departments, that have been, or are now acting.

I beg you also to give me an account respecting the way and manner you get the lead from the mines, and who has this business in charge, and where the lead is to be delivered.

I could wish a list of all persons paroled, their rank, names, and places confined to. To these I must beg you will add a report respecting the Arms and Ammunition, or refer me to the person who has had the superintendence of them.

I would not trouble you upon this business if I had any other way of coming at the necessary information to guide my conduct in all the foregoing matters.

I am, with respect and esteem,
Your Most Obedient Humble Servant,

P. S. If you are not in want of your maps, they will be useful to me.