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Letter from William Tryon to John Ashe
Tryon, William, 1729-1788
February 21, 1771
Volume 08, Pages 691-692

Newbern 21st Febry 1771.

Colonel John Ashe,

I take the opportunity of Mr Young to acquaint you that I have not had any accounts from Hillsborough respecting the Regulators since my letter to you of the 7th instant and as Colonel Needham Bryan of Johnston Regiment had no intelligence the 15th instant of

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their motion I incline to think the Insurgents are not on their march, and therefore yesterday discharged the Craven Regiment, who behaved with much spirit and order whilst on duty. There will be no occasion to keep your Regiment embodied as I am of opinion from the obstructions that will be thrown in the way of the Insurgents you will have sufficient time after you know they are actually on the march to assemble your Volunteers and go into Newbern before them.

I keep a messenger in readiness to give you the earliest intelligence I may receive of their motions.