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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from John Simpson to William Tryon
Simpson, John, 1728-1788
December 05, 1770
Volume 22, Page 410

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On his Majesty’s service.
Camp at Pitt Court House, Dec. 5th, 1770.

His Excellency William Tryon, Esq., New Bern.


I take this opportunity by Mr. Edmund Williams to acquaint your Eccellency there meet me according to orders 358 Men of the Pitt Regiment, which I have ordered hold themselves in readiness with six days’ provisions in order to march to New Bern if required. These places of rendezvous is where they formerly muster, That the men may be at home every night and find themselves Provisions. The Notice given was short, that I expect More of Our regiment will join us. I have ordered out scouts in Dobbs and Edgecomb, and should the regulators attempt to come down shall endeavour to meet them. I observe the greatest deficiency of my men is from the upper part of this County. Parole for the Day, Tryon.

I am your Excellency’s most obedient serv’t,