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Letter from Samuel Johnston to Thomas Evans
Johnston, Samuel, 1733-1816
January 30, 1788
Volume 21, Page 444

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Edenton, 30th January, 1788.

I have received your Letters addressed to the late Governor enclosing your Returns for the Months of October & November. I have had no application from the Paymaster or Clothier for money for the pay and Cloathing of the Battalion under your Command. I am sorry to hear of their distressed situation, but am happy to understand that they have not suffered either by sickness or attacks from the Savages. Whenever the paymaster and Clothier applies to me, and produces the proper documents to enable me to form an Estimate of what he is entitled to receive, I shall give him a warrant on the Treasury for the amount.

I would recommend to you to observe as strict a Discipline as the nature of the service you are on will admit and not suffer your men to straggle about the Country singly or in small parties and to use your best endeavors to cultivate a friendly correspondence and good understanding with the Neighboring Tribes of Indians.

I have advanced to Sergeant Dobbins £5 in money & have given him a warrant on the Treasury for £40 more. I shall hope to hear from you in July at Hillsborough when I shall attend the meeting of the Convention.

I am, Sir,
Your most Obedient Servant,