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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Jethro Sumner to Nathanael Greene
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
February 25, 1781
Volume 15, Page 426


Febry. 25th, 1781.


I recd. yours of the 18th instant the 21st. Immediately by Major Hawkins aide to Major General Caswell, I proferred my assistance, and sent expresses to Lt. Col. Ashe and Major Murphie, who by the temporary arrangement of the officers of the North Carolina Line present in the State, were to take charge of the two of the Regiments to acquaint without delay that it was your wish that they join the militia Camp to render such assistance as may be in their power. Major Dixon and Major Armstrong, who are to take charge of the other two Regiments, Major Dixon is in your Camp, who is inspector General of the Militia and promised me to join that Camp upon a general rendezvous. Major Armstrong is with the forces from the district of Salisbury. A large number of the other officers of this State are to my knowledge already in the militia camps. I, Sir, wait General Caswells sentiments respecting myself. However, since I wrote him Genl. Jones, by Major Eaton, is desirous that I take charge of the Brigade of the district of Halifax, which I believe will amount to fifteen or eighteen hundred. I shall make it my business to see General Jones tomorrow and shall if I have the offer of that Brigade inform you. I am satisfied it will meet with a great majority among officers & soldiers of that Brigade. I mean as a continental officer who two years ago the militia generally were very averse to.

I am Sir, with due respect, yr. mo. Obedt. Servt.,