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Letter from John Burgwin to Abner Nash
Burgwin, John, 1731-1803
August 05, 1780
Volume 15, Pages 20-21


Marsh Castle, August 5th, 1780.

His Excellency Governor Nash, at the Palace, New Bern.

The Lady of Richard Mercer, Esqr., (Purveyor Genl. at Charles-Town before its Capitulation,) two Daughters, young Ladys, & a son with their Servts., have been at my house ever since May, and having lately heard that Mr. Mercer is Parolled to Geo. Town on Acct. of his health makes them very Anxious of returning there to him.

I must therefore take the Liberty of Soliciting your Excellency to Grant them a Flag or Pass for that purpose. They have a Stage Waggon & 5 Horses, But as Mrs. Mercer came into this State with Gov. Rutledge's Lady, it will be necessary for me to lend her a Chaise and a pair of Horses, with a servant, to fetch them back from Geo. Town, all which I must beg the favour May be included in the Pass, and as it will be loansome for the Ladies to go by themselves through the Woods from hence, If it meets Your Excelly's approbation I will send my Clerk, Mr. Bane, with them, for whose Integrity & Attachment to this State I can be Answerable.

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The Bearer, Mr. B. Stevens, will deliver this to your Excell'y, and has my directions to wait for an answer.

I have the Honor to remain,
With great Respect, & Sincere Regard, Sir,
Your Excelly's Mo. Obedt. & very hble. Servt.,