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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Henry Dixon to Jethro Sumner
Dixon, Henry, ca. 1750-1782
May 22, 1781
Volume 15, Page 464


Hillsborough, 22d May, 1781.

Dear General:

I came from Caswell yesterday and expect the troops from that County on Thursday next. They are pretty well clothed; There is but very few imbodied in this County, the Chatham and Wake troops were expected yesterday but have not heard from them yet, We are very scarce of arms and what we have are bad. The Tories are very mischievous between this and Deep River; the day before yesterday they were plundering within five or six miles of this. Yesterday there was a man found within three miles that had been murdered by them a few days before them as he was hauling wood. Provision is like to be scarce without it is sent from other counties, there is a plenty in Wake. I shall be glad to know if it will be agreeable to send there for what provision we want until we can get the men collected. I cannot hear of any flints but what is in the public store in Petersburg, Virginia. I shall be glad to receive your orders whether I am to wait here any time to get the men paid their bounty, and to collect such as fail to appear. Gen. Butler will immediately order a draught of the militia and says that he will give orders that any man that will bring in a deserter or delinquent shall be clear of a tower of militia duty.

Am Sir,
Your most Obedt., Hum. Servant,