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Letter from Edward Carrington to Thomas Burke
Carrington, Edward, 1749-1810
August 27, 1781
Volume 22, Pages 579-580


Col. Burton’s, Aug. 27th, 1781.

His Excellency Governor Burke, Halifax.


The enclosed Letter I Promised myself the Honor of delivering in person, but as my Horses are much fatigued and your Excellency is expected to return to this Place in a few Days, I have forwarded the Letter and shall wait your Arrival. The requisitions made on this State for the Southern Army depend so much, for their seasonable and certain applications to the real service, or proper deliveries, that I wish the Honor of a Conference with your Excellency, together with Cols. Long and Burton, on the subject. I have wrote to Colonel

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Long to attend here as soon as he possibly can, and should your Excellency’s return be at the same Time, my wishes will be fully answered. I will just take the liberty for the present to observe that much may be purchased, but unless some precautions are taken in the mode of delivery into the Continental Service, we shall still be exposed to the same ruinous Misapplications which have involved America in her present difficulties. I apprehend Col. Long has laid before your Excellency a requisition of mine for 200 horses (Draught) for the Army. I beg leave to assure you that our distresses in this Article call for speedy relief.

I have the honor to be, with much respect,
Your Excellency’s Most obedient Serv’t,