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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Jethro Sumner to Matthew Locke
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
October 02, 1781
Volume 15, Page 647

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Salisbury, Octo. 2nd, 1781.

Dr. Sir:

Your plan for distributing by billot or letting at large through the Country the prisoners of War I am very confident will be very disagreeable to General Greene its being so unmilitary and indeed, the present situation is, by no means consistant, therefore we wish those prisoners of War you have under your charge thus disposed of be Immediately ordered to some Fixt place under a sufficient guard and that they be not permitted to leave Camp under penalty of Close Confinement or put in Chains.

My particular instruction from General Greene respecting the prisoners of War lay me under the necessity of writing you Concerning them. I shall Transmit to Genl. Greene the purport of this my letter to you from the Station.

I am Sir with respect yr. servt.,