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Letter from Benjamin McCulloh to Jethro Sumner
McCulloh, Benjamin
January 16, 1781
Volume 15, Pages 418-419


Elk Marsh, Jany. 16th, 1781.

Dear General:

Your's I received by Jacob. I am glad to hear that you and family are well & hope to have the pleasure of your company the last of this week. I think it would be of service to the good lady to take a trip down and stay some time in this part of the Country, if she can possibly spare time from her domestick affairs, we should be very happy to see her here. By the bearer you will receive the salt you mentioned, which I hope will come safe to hand. We have no late news, Linton came from Petersburg last Thursday or Friday; he says the enemy were then about forty miles below the hundred, & it was immagined were on their way out, since which we have had no intelligence. I heard last night that there was an express

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on his way to our Govr. (who is at Halifax) from General Greene, but it had not come to hand when I left town late yesterday evening. Our worthy members of Assembly have not yet made a House, and I fear will not, as there are not more than half the number yet that it takes to constitute an assembly. O, my good friend, what will this world come to, and what must be the fate of our poor State, when those who have taken on themselves the Government, pay so little attention to its welfare, and at a time when almost every man of common understanding must be sensible that the enemy intend all their force against it. With best respect of the family here to you, Lady and family, I remain,

Your sincere friend,