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Letter from Richard Peters to the North Carolina Council of Safety
Peters, Richard, 1744-1828
August 06, 1776
Volume 10, Page 726

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from the Secretary of War to the North Carolina Council of Safety.


War Office, Philada 6th Augt, 1776.

Gentlemen,

By a Resolve of Congress on the subject of Prisoners it is determined “That a list of the Prisoners in each Colony be made out by the Comittees of the Counties Towns and Districts where they reside and transmitted to the Assembly, Convention or Council or Comittee of Safety of such Colony respectively who shall send a copy thereof to Congress.” The Board of War who have by Derection of Congress, the care of all Prisoners, are much Obstructed in that Business by the Resolution before quoted not having been complied with, I am therefore to press you, by all means to prevail on the several Comittees in your State to enable you immediately to transmitt an accurate List of all Prisoners of War now in your State to the Board that this matter which has heretofore been in Confusion may be reduced to proper Order.

I have the Honor to be your
most humble Servt
RICHARD PETERS, Sec'y.

P. S. Please to send a List of all Officers their Ranks & Dates of Comissions of any Continental Troops raised in your State & the Time for which they were enlisted.