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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from James Armstrong to Jethro Sumner
Armstrong, James, d. 1794
October 06, 1780
Volume 15, Page 780

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Hillsborough, 6th October, 1780.

Dear Genl.:

I arrived at this place on the 4th inst. Am now waiting for my waggons coming up with a few officers and about twenty men, which is bear of clothing. As soon as they arrive and I provide for them, shall set out with Cols. Lamb and Thackston for Camp. I rec'd your orders of the 24th August last, my being absent from Home at the time you sent them, it was the 15th September before they came to hand. Am in hopes you'll Excuse my not being up before. I intend setting out on Wednesday next; have nothing new to inform you of more than Mr. Cocks will be able to make you acquainted with. Am very sorry to hear that we are obliged to Retreat before the Enemy, but am in hopes the same will be soon changed. Mr. Cocks is much in a hurry, please to excuse me. Will write you by the next opportunity. My compliments to the officers.

I am Dr. Gen'l, with Great Esteem, your H'ble Serv't,
Brig. Genl. Sumner.