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Letter from James Hepburn to Cornelius Harnett
Hepburn, James, ca. 1752-1798
September 04, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 792-793

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


Charlote Town, Mecklenburgh County,
Sept 4th, 1776.

Sir,

We have had so many reports of your Honble body being convened in Sallsberry, that I have been induced at two different times to trouble you with a representation of my present situation, and a request of my Removal. I now take the liberty to Inclose you a Certificate from some of the Committee of this place, saying there is not a house of any kind to be got in this place. Willing to Continue here rather than to put you to any trouble on my account I offered a rent of £40 per annum for a house hardly fit for a stable, at least not much better. I have sent a Servant on purpose with this request—and have to beg of you, he may be quickly dispatched. Perhaps it may never be in my power to repay you for

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the Civility you have shown me in my day of adversity. If so I am one of many who have received obligations from Mr Harnett, which they never can discharge.

I am Sir with much Respect
Your most Obdt Servt
JAs HEPBURN.

P. S. What I request is to be removed to Sallsberry.