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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from [Jethro Sumner] to Nathanael Greene
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
January 27, 1781
Volume 15, Page 421

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North Carolina, January 27, 1781.


As early as I possibly could after receiving your instructions I convened the Officers, and agreeable to the resolutions of Congress, we have agreed on those four Regiments to be raised by the State, a return of which I have inclosed.

In doing this, particular attention has been paid to the Officers in Captivity, which with the Numbers still to compleat renders it impracticable any other than a temporary arrangement at present taking place.

You have the names of the Gentlemen reduced, who, from their long Experience, Activity and Bravery, we regret much the loss of; they claimed from Seniority and Domestick connections a preference; there are four surgeons in Captivity; we are under the necessity of continuing two, there being no skillful persons to be procured who will act as Mates.

I ordered the stores in Guilford and Caswell Countys to be removed according to your directions; any further commands you may have I shall think myself happy of Executing. There are a Number of Members of the Legislature assembled here; it appears to be their determination and sincerest wishes to raise and compleat our Regiments; they have not yet made a House; what determination they may adopt on that part I shall communicate to you, and in the meantime use every Endeavor to felicitate this good intention.

Since I wrote the above that Honourable Body have made a House and are proceeding on business.

I am, with regard and Esteem Sir,
Yr. most Obdt. and Humbl. Sert.,
Honourable Major General Greene.