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Letter from Pinketham Eaton to Jethro Sumner
Eaton, Pinketham
April 13, 1781
Volume 15, Page 438


Camp Chatham Court House, April 13th, 1781.

Dear General:

I this day received of Lieut. Col. Wm. Linton one hundred and seventy men who are turned over into the Continental service but am without a single Officer to assist me. I shall by General Greene's orders march them immediately to Head Quarters and hope you will order some officers to come on to take charge of the companies. I am surprised to find the officers of the district know so little of their duty as to send off a party of Continental troops without first informing you of it, that you might have given the necessary orders for the attendance of the officers. I would not have moved a foot from this place until I had received your orders, had not General Greene left particular instructions respecting it. I shall be happy to see you, or receive your orders as soon as possible, and will send an express to this place, Capt. Ramsey will send it on to you immediately.

I am Dear General, with the utmost respect, your
most obedient humble servant.