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Letter from Thomas Burke to Thomas Bourke
Burke, Thomas, ca. 1747-1783
October 12, 1782
Volume 16, Pages 657-658


Tyaquin, Octr. 12th, 1782.

Dr. Sir:

I received your obliging letter of the 20th of September last. I sincerely thank you for your friendly wishes, and rejoice at the prospect of your enjoying again your friends and property in Charlestown, free from the presence of an Enemy and the unpleasant

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circumstances inevitable attending them. It is far from being certain that I shall have the pleasure of Seeing you there in any short time, Sir, notwithstanding all the advantages that very probably would result from a residence in Such a Country as Georgia; I am much afraid to encounter so unhealthy a Country and such an unsettled Society. I have written largely on the Subject in Several letters to our friend Judge Burke, who, I fear, has been carried too far by his regard for me.

I will take measures immediately for having remittances made to you for the advances you were so kind as to make for our Citizens who were prisoners of war. I perceive that a letter I had left for you did not get to your hands. I was convinced of your willingness to oblige and preferred receiving favors from you to the receiving them from any other, I therefore requested you to Settle for me any accounts that were against me in Charlestown and to reimburse Mr. Hepburn any money he might have expended for me, and also to make some presents for me to the families on James Island where I was Quartered and who had behaved to me with singular kindness and Civility. On all these Accounts I doubted not that I must have been considerably indebted to you, as well as for the advances which at my request you made to our Citizens, prisoners of War. I have through Several Channels endeavoured to convey to you my Sense of your kind attention to me and my fellow Citizens, and a request that you would enable me to take measures for reimbursing the money you had expended. Your inclosure in your letter above mentioned is the first account that reached me. I shall lose no time in putting the business in train.

It would give me great pleasure to see you if it were convenient to yourself, but the distance and difficulty of travelling are so great that I know not how to request a visit from you. Should however any circumst make it convenient for you to come this way be assured no one would bring more pleasure to my habitation.

Mrs. Burke, &c.