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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Robert Howe to Abner Nash
Howe, Robert, 1732-1786
October 23, 1780
Volume 22, Pages 527-528


Camp at Rockaway, New Jersey, 23rd October, 1780.

Dear Sir:

Your stubborn silence to two Letters which upon my honor I have written you, had determined me to write you no more, but the Command of the Southern army having been given to my friend Genl. Greene induces me to retract a Resolve (which to own the Truth was painful to myself) and to introduce him to you as every way worthy of your Respect and Attention. His appointment to Command in the South is a Circumstance as pleasing to me as I am certain it will be serviceable to Carolina, for I think I may venture to pledge myself to the State that Gen’l Greene will deserve success whether he obtains it or not. The Means however my Dear Sir, should be given him, or nothing can be expected even from him. The deserved Influence you have both personally and officially will I doubt not be exerted to support him both in the Cabinet and the Field. The Occasion will be emergent, for you will most assuredly be formidably attacked and your very existence as a State depends upon your utmost Efforts and Strenuous Endeavors and every thought of Expence should be least in the Importance of the Object. It will be essential to the general and to the common Cause to have the most Minute Information of the Situation of our Country, its resources, its Strength, the Temper of the People in general, the characters of private and public Influence, and the general and particular Affections of the people in every County, as to our Cause, all these, Dear Sir, you can give him, and by which you will benefit service and do justice to a Man from whom you have as much to expect as from almost any Man living if you support him properly. Would to Heaven my Aid could be given to

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my Country in this her time of exigence, but devoted to Duty as I am, I have no option and must live as I am ordered. My time as I have some Letters to write admits of no addition, except my warmest Wishes for the happiness of your self and family, which be assured is truly interesting to Dear Sir,

Your Excellency’s sincere Friend and most obdt. servt.,
Genl. Howe’s letter Favored by Genl. Greene.