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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Thomas Eaton to Jethro Sumner
Eaton, Thomas, ca. 1739-1809
June 20, 1781
Volume 15, Page 490

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June 20th, 1781.

Dear General:

I am informed that several of my neighbours are taken up and now under guard at Harrisburgh, notwithstanding I presume they have deserted, yet Sir, as the case of numbers who have been turned over is truly distressing and in particular those two or three in whose favour, I could wish to appear, William Riggan, Samuel Thompson, and William Durham, have to my own knowledge ever turned out upon every alarm with the greatest alacrity, altho' these men were turned over for twelve months by me yet I must confess I felt for many of them and at this time it is reasonable to conclude that they are very much distressed for cloase; if you will permit them to come home for a few days to supply themselves with a few necessaries I will be answerable for their forthcoming. No late news from Virginia. I am, Dear General,

With the greatest respect yrs. Sincerely,