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Letter from James Cole Mountflorence to Jethro Sumner
Mountflorence, James Cole, ca. 1745-1820
June 07, 1781
Volume 15, Page 473

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Salisbury, June 7th, 1781.

Dear General:

Nothing could be more agreeable to me than the orders I received from Col. Davie at the Assembly to provide you with provisions to Head Quarters; Accordingly I repaired immediately to your Camp, & prevailed upon Col. Burton to go with me in order to receive your instructions to that puppose, but was disappointed in not meeting you; However after delaying a day at Hillsborough for your orders, Col. Burton having taken upon himself to provide your Brigade as far as the High Rock Ford, I went up directly to Caswell, & required the Commissioners to procure at the High Rock Ford against your arrival there two waggon loads of meal or flour, & ten heads of good Beef Cattle, with a sufficiency of Forage, which I esteem will be an ample supply to bring you to 26 miles this side of Guilford Court House; there at one Charles Hinkles I have ordered 15 bushels of meal to be laid in for you with 4 Beefs by Monday the 9th & forage. I have also ordered 20 bushels of meal, 4 beefs and forage at John Ford, 13 miles from Hinkles & 13 miles from Salisbury; & here you'll find ready for you to bring you to Charlotte 80 bushels of meal, 16 heads of cattle, & a good supply of forage; I am now going to Charlotte to make the necessary preparations for providing waggons and provisions to a sufficient quantity to bring you to headquarters; & you may depend upon my indefatigable zeal & exertion not so much on account of the duty of my office as of my natural desire of doing whatever can be agreeable to you. I must drop to you another hint about the appointment of your aidde-camp. Could my nomination be in no manner disagreeable to the Officers of your line, & should my service be agreeable to you as such, I could wish you would be so indulgent as to take the sense of your officers on that matter, as I would by no means desire to be looked upon as an intruder; I am Dear General, with the most perfect sentiments of esteem and attachment,

Yr. most Obt., Hum. Servt.,
The Honourable Brig. Genl. Summer,
on his march from the High Rock to Salisbury.