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Letter from Thomas Bull to Jethro Sumner
Bull, Thomas
May 31, 1782
Volume 16, Page 620


Camp near Bacon’s Bridge, May 31st, 1782.

The Honble. Brig. Genl. Sumner,


I have empowered Major R. Blount to receive my certificate for pay from the Commissioners appointed by the Hon. the Assembly; as the Board of officers who sat after you left Head Qrs. could not justify themselves in arranging me as Surgeon to any of the regiments. I have accepted the appointment of Surgeon’s mate to the first regt. but have acted ever since by order of the Commanding Officers as Surgeon pro Temporary.

I flatter myself, you will conceive me deserving Surgeon’s pay from the time you honoured me with a certificate to act in that office, in consideration of the severity of my duty on first entering the Army; but if my claim is irregular or not allowed by the precedents of the Army, or will deprive any other gentleman of his full pay, I am ready to relinquish it with chearfulness. I have therefore taken the liberty to refer Maj. Blount to you for his Government. Please to accept my wishes for your health and happiness.

I have the honour to be
Most respectfully,
Your honours Obedient Servt.,
Asst. S. 1st N. C. Rt.