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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Richard Ellis to Thomas Burke
Ellis, Richard, fl. 1765-1790
April 07, 1782
Volume 16, Pages 584-585


New Bern, 7th April, 1782.

Dear Sir:

I had the pleasure of addressing you soon after your return from the Southard; to wch. I had no reply. I suppose the reason is that the letter miscarry’d or that bisness of more Consequence engrossed your time. It only contain’d my sincear congratulations on your Escape from our Cruel Enemy, with some hints on the distressed situan. the State was in on acct. of the prohabition of Exsportg. Provs, the principle article this Country can bost of; soon after my angsity on this head was relieved by seeing your Excellency’s Proclm. permitg. the Exsportg. that article.

I shall in 2 weeks From this set off for the Southern Army. This is not altogether a Jant of pleasyr., as I intend to mix it with a little Bisness, as I shall Expect som arrivals at George Town wch. I hope to make usefull to our Army in that Quarter.

I have some Doubts For Fear I Should have my Horses Impressed, but as a Continental officer I think no one has a right to Impresthem. Your Excellency by amendmt. of Congress & one of the Honble. Board I corresponded with as agent for this port, Knows whether I gave Satisfaction in that department or not; if I have in

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yr, Eyes & you should think with me in regard to my Horses, I should be very much oblige to you for a line to Genl. Greene inclosed to me to the care of Mr. John Doatins, mercht. in George Town, So. Carolina, Should any Oppy. offer that way from Hillsborough.

I am, with grait respect & Esteem, D. Sir, yr. obt. Servt.,
His Excellency, Govr. Burke.