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Letter from William Pasteur to Abner Nash
Pasteur, William, fl. fl. 1770s
September 08, 1780
Volume 15, Page 78

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Newbern, September 8th, 1780.


Yesterday I came to this place, and in a few days there will be ten waggons that are now on their way here. As they are much out of order and want fresh horses I shall get them off as soon as possible, with what public stores there is here & all the Tent Cloath, &c., that I can procure here, tho' I am sorry to tell you that there is not much here. Without your orders how to act I am Rather at a loss, as I understand there is a considerable Quantity more of Tent Cloath oznaburg at Edenton than there is here, and there is a Brig arrived at Wilmington that is ordered to this place with a considerable Quantity of Oznaburg Light Canvass & several other articles that is much wanting for the use of our Army. This Brig is a prize to Mr. Stanly's ship. She was from Scotland, and the ship has brought her and another brig from the West Indies into Wilmington; both very valuable Prizes, & in a few days they are expected here, as they are ordered round, as it appears absolutely necessary for those articles to be procured for the Public. Shall be glad of Orders by the Return of the Bearer from you, if I am to procure them and how. If I do not receive orders to stay and procure these articles, I shall Return with the waggons, which will be ready to set off about the Return of the Bearer, in which case, if they are thought to be wanting, it would be necessary some other Person should be wrote to to procure them.

I am, Sir, with Respect,
Your most Humble Servt.,