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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Hugh Williamson to Thomas Burke
Williamson, Hugh, 1735-1819
September 14, 1781
Volume 15, Page 643

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Edenton, 14th Sept., 1781.


Inclosed is the Copy of an estimate I had the honor of forwarding by the hand of Mr. Walker. Hearing since that General Wayne is called back & the proposed Operations of our Militia in this State for some time suspended by the present interesting Operations in Virginia, I presume that we shall not be troubled with the care of broken bones, at least for some in this State. However, lest medicines should be needed before they can be forwarded from Philadelphia, I have thought of enquiring whether some adventurer or other in the French fleet may not have such articles for sale as are most useful among the sick and wounded. For this purpose I propose setting out for Virginia immediately. I presume this step may not be improper, tho' I have no particular directions on this Subject, provided I buy with such caution as to be ready to keep the medicine to myself in case they are not required for the public use. I have not mentioned this Proposal from any apprehension that it should obviate the Propriety of sending for a supply to the Northward. I have the honor to be

Sir, Your Obedt. Huml. Servant,