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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Jethro Sumner to Horatio Gates
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
October 13, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 786-787


October 13th, 1780.

“Learning that the tories were getting very troublesome in Surry, being embodied to the number of 300 or 400, and that Wright, their headman, had sent in several of his men to Charlotte to get a

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way open to them to join the British army, I have thought proper therefore to detach a party of 300 foot and a few horse to disperse them and cut them off from Charlotte. The small-pox has been discovered in two of the prisoners brought in from the enemy's lines. I have sent them under a guard to a house down the river, and have taken all precautions to prevent its spreading.”