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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Hugh Williamson to John M. Hayes [Extract]
Williamson, Hugh, 1735-1819
August 24, 1780
Volume 15, Pages 61-62

(Extract of Letter from Doct. Williamson to Doct. Hay, the British Physician Genl., who is also called Inspector of Rebel Hospitals.)

Cambden, 24th August, 1780.


“The Articles you was so kind as to order have not been

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received. Our Hospital patients are near 250, many of them dangerously Wounded. They are lodged in six small wards, without straw or Covering. Two of them have not any Cloaths besides a Shirt and pair of trowsers. In the six Wards they have only 4 small Kettles, and no Canteen, Dish, or Cup, or other Utensil. We have hardly any Medicine, not an ounce of Lint, Tow, or Digestine; not a single Bandage or Poultice Cloath, nor an ounce of meal to be used for Poultices. In a word, nothing is left for us but the painful Circumstance of viewing wretches who must soon perish if not soon relieved.”