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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Alexander Martin to Hugh Williamson and William Blount
Martin, Alexander, 1740-1807
September 10, 1782
Volume 16, Pages 409-410

[From Executive Letter Book.]

New Berne, North Carolina,
10th September, 1782.


Yours of the 9th ulto., I was favoured yesterday with by express; the important matters therein I had seen a Copy of in Manuscript, but must conclude with you that General Carlton’s and Admiral Digby’s Letter appears illusory and calculated to lull the States into security while they prosecute the War against our Allies. I have not heard of the arrival of any Troops at Charlestown. I rather think the embarkation at New York was destined for the West Indies, as by every Indication the Enemy intend to leave Charlestown shortly.

Inclosed you have an advertisement from the Loyalist in Charlestown and General Leslie’s orders on the subject of evacuation. Nothing of consequence in the State has happened since you left it except the Tories being in general reduced.

Our eighteen Months men are ready to march, but on receiving orders at present are halted.

You will please to signify to me your pleasure whether you intend to continue longer than six months at Congress that I make provision accordingly.

I have drawn warrants of two hundred and forty pounds for

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each of you, which will make up your pay for eight months, allowing you a month to go and a month to return.

I am Gentlemen, &c.,