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Letter from Thomas Burke to Elizabeth Heron
Burke, Thomas, ca. 1747-1783
March 20, 1782
Volume 16, Pages 551-552


Halifax Ma’h. 20th, 1782.

A letter from you, Madam, dated February 8th, came to my hand, but no person appeared as the bearer, nor has any one Since called for an Answer. You request permission to go to Charlestown by Land or Water in order to Confer with your Sister; and also protection for your property in your Absence. I will readily give you the permission you ask, both to go and return, but it is

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necessary that I first know whether you purpose going by land or water, as in the latter case the Vessel, her Crew and passengers, must be named, and in the former your Servants and Attendants. We know of no protection but the Laws, which I shall endeavour to make every way adequate to the protection of your property.

A Mrs. Gordon, who I suppose is the Widow of him who Commanded the Cavalry in Major Craig’s Excursion to Newberne, makes a similar request to yours. I am Sorry She is in such a predicament that I cannot permit her to return, but She shall be permitted to go if She requires it. I beg the favor of you, Madam, to convey to her this Answer.

I am, Madam, with respect, your Obedt. St.,
Miss E. Heron.