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Letter from Robert Rowan to Thomas Burke
Rowan, Robert
July 13, 1781
Volume 15, Pages 528-529


Wake County, July 13th, 1781.


I received orders a few days ago from General Sumner to have a quantity of cloathing made up, as soon as possible, for the use of the Delinquents & old Continental Soldiers now under his command. The General informed me at the same time, that there was a considerable quantity of coarse cloth in the hands of Col. Long which was purchased by the State Agents. If your Excellency would please to order the cloth to be delivered to me, I should endeavour to comply with the General's orders. Coarse linen & thread will be wanted to make up the cloathing and it will be impossible for me to procure these articles without money. I believe Taylors might be procured to make up the cloathing, their work to be taken in lieu of a tour of duty. I have had a number of shoes, boots, &c., made up in that manner formerly. I am also in want of a considerable sum of money to discharge my old accounts & to purchase leather for Cartridge boxes which are much wanted by the Troops.

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I make not the least doubt but your Excellency will take these matters into consideration, & as far as in your power enable me to carry on the business of my department. I have the honour to be, with much

Respect, Your Excellencv's Most obedient servant,
ROBT. ROWAN, Dep. Clo. Gen'l.
His Excellency,
Governor Burke.