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Letter from Robert Howe to Sir [President of the Provincial Congress of North Carolina?]
Howe, Robert, 1732-1786
November 01, 1776
Volume 10, Page 887

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from General Robert Howe Respecting Prisoners.

Charles Town, 1st Novemr, 1776.

Sir:

I inclose you a copy of a parole enter'd into by some officers of the enemy's Army that have fallen into our hands. Their names are Subscribed to the parole, which makes it unnecessary for me to mention them. The commanding officer of the party has a wife & children in Anson County, which was the reason for fixing him & those under his command at Salisbury, where he might hear of his affairs frequently, and so be absent from the County with as little inconvenience as possible; it might perhaps not be proper to permit him to reside in Anson. The parole is made subject to the Controul of your presiding political body, so that if anything in it is improper it may be moulded to your pleasure. Humanity and policy unite in making the situation of those who fall into our hands as little unhappy as possible, that our Brethren in similar circumstances may receive the same treatment. There is a resolution of Congress, if I mistake not, that establishes an allowance for prisoners (if not they are allowed rations) according to their rank. This you will please to order that they receive; this letter will probably not reach you so soon as those I shall send by express. I shall therefore reserve what I have to say for that opportunity, and only add that I have the honour to be with great respect,

Sir Your most obedient humble Servt
ROBERT HOWE.