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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Robert Bignall to Thomas Burke
Bignall, Robert, ca. 1730-1787
September 03, 1781
Volume 15, Page 631

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Tarboro', Sept. 3rd.

Here are at this Place about forty Light Horse raised by orders from General Jones to join General Wayne. They are now ready, should you be Apprehensive the Enemy are moving Towards Roanoke, give me leave to Suggest to your Excellency, that these Horse may be made usefull if sent to reconnoitre on Roanoke from Colonel Whitmel Hill's ferry towards Halifax, this, Sir, I am sure will not be done by our Officers without your Positive orders, or orders from General Jones. I hope you will excuse me 'tis my anxiety to render the Country every service in my Power makes me thus troublesome to you.

R. B.

Recd. & Ansd. 4th. Intelligence.

Colonel Sessions has this Moment informed me that the Light Horse are all discharged, they understanding that Colo. Clinch was to Command them and not Colo. Sessions they would not March.