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Clippings from the Cape Fear Mercury
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July 28, 1775
Volume 10, Page 115

Extract from the Cape Fear Mercury of Friday, 28th July 1775, appended to the above.

As this party was returning from the Fort they were met by a detachment of near 300 men from Bladen County who had turned out at a minute's warning and we are well assured the people were in motion in several other counties at a greater distance. This we mention with pleasure as a proof of the readiness of the people upon any emergency in defence of their rights and privileges. Besides the honorable testimony given to the officers and soldiers by the Committee of New Hanover and Wilmington of their approbation we have the best authority to say that the enterprise in which they so chearfully embarked has been approved of by several very respectable Committees in this Province.

The loss of the Americans in the late battle near Boston by the return made to General Washington is 138 killed, 301 wounded and 7 missing. This may be depended on.