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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Thomas Burke to Cornelius Harnett
Burke, Thomas, ca. 1747-1783
April 15, 1780
Volume 15, Page 367

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Philadelphia, Apr. 15, 1780.

Dear Sir:

I have had from you, very lately, a letter which announced to me your safe arrival at your own home. I am very glad that you have surmounted the difficulties of a journey which I have often thought of with very great and severe apprehensions. Your spirits, I perceive, are good, and your health, I hope, will always continue as well as you can wish it. Mine, I find, declines apace, and I am satisfied that another year's close application in Congress would make a perpetual citizen in Philadelphia, and give me a right to the soil from whence nothing short of the Final Judgment of the World could eject me. Gen. Jones and myself continued at our old quarters until about ten days ago, and had the pleasure of the company of our old agreeable friends, Mrs. and Miss Viney. But even their Society could not render our situation any longer tolerable, and we changed our quarters to the house formerly occupied by our friend, George Ross, which we have taken ready furnished. We live there as comfortably as we wish. I will not trouble you with a detail of the proceedings of Congress, but will enclose you papers which contain our New Money Act, which, together with the call for specific supplies, the Requisition for quotas of Troops, a Resolution for making good the pay of the Army, and a resolution appointing a Committee of three, Schuyler, Matthews and Peabody, to go to camp with powers to adopt and carry into execution any plan respecting the Quartermaster's and Commissary's Department, constitute all the business of great consequence which has been completed. The last appears to me to be a contrivance to prevent our making any considerable alterations in those departments, and to give consequence to a certain Individ. in whose personal qualities and Individual Utility and importance Congress have found much business and much alterations and embarassment.