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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Reading Blount to Jethro Sumner
Blount, Reading, 1757-1807
July 29, 1781
Volume 15, Page 585

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Salisbury, July 29th, 1781.


By Express from Col. Moore, Caswell County we are informed, that its thought in Virginia that the Enemy are about to embark for New York, occasioned by the arrival of a French Fleet at that place. A few days will determine their intentions. I am sorry to inform that there is no account of any of those parties yet, that was expected up when you left this; In case any should come within any short time, it will be out of my power to have them equipped, unless you send me an order from General Greene for that purpose, as he has given Gamble orders not to issue cartridges nor any stores of any kind to any order but his own. But should troops come on before I get such an order I shall run all risks of taking of them if not to be had other ways.

I am Dear Sir, Yours,