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Letter from Nicholas Long to Jethro Sumner
Long, Nicholas, ca. 1726-1797
July 30, 1782
Volume 16, Page 633


Halifax, 30th July, 1782.

Dear Sir:

I received a letter from Thomas Armstrong, aide de Camp, enclosing an order for Military Stores, &c. In answer to which I inform you that we have only three waggons of the public at this Post, two of which are without drivers, and the other impaired & unfit for present service.

I have applied to Major Hogg for Waggoners, who informs me that there are not men for that purpose here, except, perhaps, a few on Furlough, who cannot be immediately commanded. The Waggons you mention at Warrenton are of no service to me, unless Drivers were appointed. Moreover, concerning Arms, &c., I have Reasons to believe those already order’d here were intended for the Purpose General Greene now writes on—I mean One part of them—& as Waggons cannot immediately be got in Readiness, I presume it will be the best way to send on those already here, & i others can be had on the order now sent, they may be received in Lieu of these.

Seven or eight Hundred Stand of Arms are deposited in Caswell County, & as there is a probability of Spare Waggons, Waggoners might be collected at Rendezvous, who might be sent thither. Should there be supernumery Waggons and Teams, & you will cause Waggoners, with a Conductor, to be appointed, direct them to me and they shall be dispatched for the arms at New London.

I am your humble servant,

P. S.—Two Waggons are sent in charge of Lieut. Ford to convey Baggage & the following, or articles mentioned in inclosed invoice. The Waggons and Teams I request may return, as there is a Quantity of Rum and Powder at this Place to be sent to the Southern Army, i. e. the Rum to ye Army & Powder to the Laboratory.

N. L.