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Letter from John Hawkins to Jethro Sumner
Hawkins, John
November 14, 1781
Volume 19, Pages 882-883


Dear General:

By a determination of a Court Martial held at Halifax by order of General Jones (which you are not a stranger to) a number of men were turned over into the Continental service deservedly; but Sir, I have to say something in behalf of John and Ratio Caps & George Bell, who I am told comes under their sentence. These men after returning applied to G. Eaton for orders, he ordered them as I am informed to join the troops then going into service, which happened to be the light horse which I had the honor to command. Agreeable to his orders they joined and behaved well; this alters the situation of these men, they have all my discharges in consequence of the aforementioned orders. I think these men deserve your notice

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tho’ I submit it to your better Judgment, and have the Honor to be,

With perfect respect,
Your most Obedient Servant,

14 Nov., 1781.