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Letter from William O'Neal to John Butler
O'Neal, William
March 01, 1782
Volume 16, Pages 211-212

[From Executive Letter Book.]

March 1st, 1782.

Dear Sir:

I had an opportunity of seeing Doctor Boyd yesterday. He informs me that he saw Capt. Henley who informed him that he was in action with Fanning. Twelve surprised eighteen, killed six and took three prisoners and a Negro, the conjuror.

Lieutenant Davie, who had a very fine mare, was appointed to take Fanning in case he ran. Fanning got about forty yards the start of him but came within four rods on riding five miles after the mare failed and Fanning cleared himself, but I expect he is taken now.

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I hope, Sir, if there is any new particular, in your letter you will let me know as I am very fond of good news.

I am, Sir,
Your friend and humble servt.,