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Letter from James Davis to Cornelius Harnett
Davis, James, 1721-1785
July 13, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 666-667

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from James Davis to the Council of Safety.

Newbern, July 13th, 1776.

Sir:

I last night recd your Favour with the Papers inclosed. I immediately gave it all the Dispatch in my power, and now (three in the afternoon) discharge the Messenger. I shall take due Care to disperse a number this Way. The brave stand made at Chas Town must certainly damp the spirits of the British Tyrants and make them think seriously of parting with America. This glorious news, with the Resolve of Council against the Tories, has caused a very great Commotion among them. They are flocking in to sign the Test & Association.

The Resolves sent down are printed, a number dispersed here and the Remainder inclosed & sent by the Messenger.

The Council's Letter to the Committee in Relation to the Powder was immediately attended to. Col. Bryan applied to to dispatch it off under a Guard of Militia, which will be done as soon as Carriages can be got.

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I inclosed you a Warrant for my last half year's salary, requesting the Favour of you to sign it. When Time permits pray Sir be good enough to send it down by some safe Hand. I have several Warrants for my Salary yet unpaid, and lying out of Money these distressing Times is grievous. Hope the Council will consider me and order Payment.

Am Sir respectfully,
Your most obedt
JAMES DAVIS.