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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Samuel Johnston to Thomas Burke
Johnston, Samuel, 1733-1816
August 06, 1781
Volume 22, Pages 554-555


Military Stores, Samuel Johnson, Aug. 6th, 1781. Recd. 23rd. Consideration.

Windsor, Aug. 6th, 1781.

Dear Sir:

I wrote you a few lines the other day from Roanoke but do not now recollect whether I mentioned to you the necessity of sending on as soon as possible Two Delegates to Congress. One will answer no useful purpose as Mr. Sharpe had resolved, see about 1500 Stand of Arms and a quantity of fixed ammunition motion for the State, to return Home. It might be proper if you have not already done it, to give your orders respecting the Route and where and to whom the Arms and Ammunition should be delivered in this State. Mr. Sharpe was a little at a loss with respect to these Particulars. I find my affairs so much deranged and my Family in such Distress and the little Property I left in this Country so scattered and dispersed that it will be some time before I can get enough of it collected at

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one point to enable me to keep house, these and the extreme Heat of the Weather must plead my excuse for not waiting on you and the Honorable Council, which I shall otherwise conceive it my Duty to do. This Time be Pleased to make my most respectful Compliments to that Honorable Board and believe me with the Highest respect and esteem

Sir, Your Excellency’s Most obedient, humble servant,