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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Samuel Huntington to Richard Caswell
Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796
February 10, 1780
Volume 15, Pages 335-336

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Philadelphia, Feby. 10, 1780.

His Excellency the Governor of North Carolina.

Your Excellency will receive herewith inclosed an act of Congress of the 9 Inst., ascertaining the number of men, exclusive of Commissioned officers, for the Continental Army the next Campaign to be 35,210, which Congress deem necessary for the service of the present year, the Quota of each state being specified in the act.

You will observe that all the men belonging to each state respectively now in the public service, and whose time of service does not expire before the last day of September next, whether they compose the Battalions in the line of the several States, those of the additional Corps, including the guards, the artillery and horse, or the regimental artificers in the Department of the Quarter Master and Commissary General of military Stores, are to be credited to their respective States and accounted as part of their Quota, and each State is required to furnish the respective deficiencies of their Quotas, as above stated, on or before the first day of April next.

You may expect to receive as soon as possible from the Commander-in-Chief or his order an accurate return of the Troops

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now in service belonging to the State, which will ascertain the deficiency to be furnished by the States respectively, agreeable to the act inclosed.

As the Quotas apportioned to each State may be supposed not to be exactly just, you will observe Congress have made provision to pay the Expense any State hath incurred or may incur by furnishing more than their Just proportion of men.

It is recommended to each State respectively, in the strongest Terms, punctually to comply with this requisition by furnishing their respective Quotas of men compleat without loss of time.

Many powerful motives, too obvious to need enumeration, conspire to urge the propriety, policy and necessity of having a powerful Army ready to take the field early in the Spring. Vigorous exertions and a respectable Army in the field are the most sure means to prevent the necessity of another Campaign on the one hand, or on the other to crown it with the desired success and put a period to the Contest upon honourable Terms.

I have the honour to be,
With every Sentiment of respect,
Your Excellency's huml. Servt.,
S. HUNTINGTON, President.