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Letter from Jethro Sumner to Abner Nash
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
March 11, 1781
Volume 15, Page 429


Sunday E'g., March 11th, 1781.


Second thoughts are often best, therefore I now write, under apprehension that my attending you where Gen'l. Caswell may be will be injurious to my character; perhaps hurtful to his, and probably your Excellency may think it precipitate in you; for my part I declare I wish to render service to my country at this alarming season. I am also desirous at this critical time to enter the field, with general approbation of my honoured friend, and when I am not present with you it should. Sir, I do assure you and pledge my honor I will occasion as little time lost should I be called into action as may be. Be pleased to answer these doubtful suggestions, for believe me, I only wish to have no enemy.

(This seems to be a copy of a letter written Governor Nash; it is indistinct in the latter clauses and much interlined.)