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Letter from the North Carolina Council of Safety to John Ashe
North Carolina. Council of Safety
August 08, 1776
Volume 11, Page 340

GENL. ASHE FROM COUNCIL OF SAFETY.
[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

Halifax 8th of August 1776

Sir,

We have received yours of Augt. 2nd, inclosing a general return of the Militia, under your Command, and an Extract of Lord Chatham's Letter to Lord Camden.—

This Extract was published with Virginia papers, with the same observation in which you make, that it was probably spurious.

Colo. Long gave us information that Clinton & his troops had left Charlestown and were probably gone to New York, and we only waited for a Confirmation of this intelligence to justify disbanding of the Militia.

This being now confirmed you are hereby directed to disband the Militia under your Command immediately on Receipt of this. We submit it to you to direct in what order the Militia shall march to their respective Districts, confident that you will order it for the best. As it is probable that the Militia may again have Occasion for the Barracks e're long, it is the Opinion of the Council that they be not pulled down, but that they be put in the care of Genl. Moore, and we have wrote to him on that subject.—