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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from James Kenan to Thomas Burke
Kenan, James, 1740-1810
July 09, 1781
Volume 15, Page 520


Duplin, July 9th, 1781.


The enemy that moved up to the richlands of new river have returned to Rutherford Mills again. I have Ordered a Draft to be made from this County of two Hundred men which Shall be Collected immediately, But have no Powder nor lead. I have not one round. I sent to Kingstown But got None. What to do in this I cannot tell. I hope Your Excellency will order some Ammunition to this County as we Cannot take the Field until we are supplied. I am much afraid the Enemy will penetrate into this County before we Shall receive any reinforcement as I am told that Col. Linton is Ordered to the Westward. I hope Your Excellency will be mindful of this distressed Part of the Country.

I am with the Greatest respect Your Excelly. most Obedt., Humb. Servt.,

P. S.—Our 12 months Drafts will march from this place to-morrow morning.

J. K.