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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Griffith Rutherford to Richard Caswell
Rutherford, Griffith, ca. 1721 - 1805
February 01, 1777
Volume 22, Pages 754-755


Febry ye 1st, 1777.


These are to Acquaint you of the Unhappy Situation of the Frontiers of this State, you will receive by the Bearer, Robert Linn, a letter I received by Express from Colo. Carter, of Washington District, giving an account of a family killed, on Holstine River, within two miles of the Long Island. I received the Deposition of

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Robert Daws, a Trader, who on his oath says the Indians are Determined for War. He says the Cherokees has received a letter from Cameron that the Creeks, Chicasaws & Choctaws, is to join against Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina & Virginia; also that Capt. Stewart, is gone up the Mississippi Five Weeks before the Time that Daws Got that account from the Indian, with Goods & Ammunition to the Northward Nations, to cause them to fall on their Parts. The people to the Frontiers is applying to Me for Aide, to Guard the frontiers. I know not that I am authorized to do anything of that kind, without your Excellency’s approbation. Be so kind as to give me full instructions by the Bearer. The Tories are doubted as Embodying themselves in Surry county. Yesterday I received a letter from Colo. Armstrong of that County, that they had taken Two Guns from two men in his neighborhood. Sir, you will please to give some instructions concerning Them. Ammunition is very scarce in these parts. I hope you will order a supply.

I am, Sir, Your Excellency’s Most Humble Serv’t,