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Letter from François Lellorquis, Marquis de Malmady to Jethro Sumner
Malmady, François Lellorquis, marquis de
July 08, 1781
Volume 15, Pages 515-516


Winkle, July 8th, 1781.

Dear General:

As some unforseen circumstances, even the length of the journey, might hinder your reaching this place, this evening, in order not

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to let your troops distressed or wanting for provisions; I send a man to met with you, I be informed of your march this day.

There is already meat and three beeves provided, if you are obliged to encamp at some distance behind, be pleased to determine the spot with the messenger, and at his return, the commissary will send there your provisions with all expedition.

I do invite you to come here if you can, as there is plenty of very good oats and a convenient encamping ground, and I doubt if you will even find a pasture six miles from here, without distressing and ruining some poor individuals. If you cannot go tomorrow to the Atkin it is proper to bring provision with you for one day.

I suppose that you intend to give to your soldiers one day or half day to rest themselves a week; while the reparation wanting for your Waggons, will be made in Salsbery.

Permit me to observe you that it will be the most convenient for your soldiers to Encamp at the atkin; (water is very scarce near Salsbery) at all event I shall send there tomorrow evening meat & beeves, you may depend upon

I am Dear General
With Regard
your most obedient very humble servant

P. S. There is a strayed public Horse at one (——————?) on the road, the bearer will inform you of it.