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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from James Read to Thomas Burke
Read, James
August 26, 1781
Volume 22, Page 577


Halifax, Aug. 26th, 1781.

His Excellency Governor Burke, Edenton.


An Express has just arrived from Williamsborough, with a Letter from the Secretary of Congress, one from the Marquis of Fayette and one from Col. Burton, to your Excellency. I conceive the Marquis’s Letter to be of some consequence, therefore I send it herewith, togther with the others, and also a Letter from James Williams, one from James Emmett, one from John Ramsey, and one from Isaac Rutherford, brought here by an express from Chatham.

Col. Burton has sent Fifteen Horses, as you will see by his Letter. Please to give such Directions respecting to whom they are to be delivered as you may think proper. I shall have them shod and ready for the Road by the Time the Express returns. There are neither Saddles nor Bridles for them. I have not heard any News from Newbern Quarter. I have the Honor to be, with great respect,

Your Excellency’s most Humble Servant,

I opened and read the letters, agreeably to your Instructions. Col. Read’s Letter, Halifax, Aug. 20th. Received at Edenton Aug. 28th.