Letter from Griffith Rutherford to the North Carolina Council of Safety
Rutherford, Griffith, ca. 1721 - 1805
Volume 10, Pages 651-652
[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from General Griffith Rutherford to the Council of Safety about the expedition against the Cherokees.
Rowan County, July 5ch, 1776.
By the Inclos'd you will see the situation oure Country is in, I Receved yours by Mr Alexr, but I Do not think my self so fully
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Derected as I wish for, as the Whole of the Proseedings of the Militia is at youre Derection, I do not find that I ame Warrented to proseed after the Indians out of my District, Nighther to apoint Rainging party's I Desire full instructions how to act, if you think it Expedent, to Right to Virginia, & South Carolina, if the Frunters, of Each of them Provances will joyn me (with your approbetion & Derection) I have no Doubt of a Finel Destruction of the Cherroce Nation,—In my Sentements it is but Consuming both Time & money to appoint Raingers for a Longer time than forces Can be Rais'd to go the Nation—I thank you for Care of the Frunters of this Province, in Ordering ammunition of which I have received 489½ out of 1000℔s you acquaint me off be ples'd to Derect the Remainder as Quick as possible—The Lead the Commissioners was to Get, I have seen a letter from the mines that Acquaints them, that they Can suply them with 2 Tunn for sartin by the 10th
of this Instant, & perhaps 3 of which I shall want the most, Mr
Lock is to set off for the Mines, but the want of money is much, as no other kind will do but gold, or silver, or Contannantel money—you ought to Provide such money as will answer the purpose.
I am With Grate Respect gentlemen,
youre most obedent Humble Sert