Letter from Thomas Craike to Jethro Sumner
Volume 14, Pages 310-311
THOS. CRAIKE TO GEN. JETHRO SUMNER.
Charles Town, June 14th, 1779.
Brigadier Genl. Sumner of the North Carolina Cont. Troops at Head Quarters.
I have delivered a quantity of Cloths of the Patterns I sent to you by Captain Hilton to Mr. Wills, who is to make them up for the Officers in abt. 20 days. I have also purchased 100 pieces of Britannias, which, if you think proper, I will deliver to the quarter Master and give him an Invoice of the Cost, to be delivered to the officers at ⅓ of the Cost, agreeable to the Resolves of our Assembly. I have not been able to procure, as yet, Cloathing for the men; Overalls & Jackets I imagine will be all that will be wanting for the Continental Troops. The 9 months' men, from what I
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could understand from Genl. Lincoln, are not to receive Cloathing; at the same time I wish he would consider their naked situation & give Orders to allow them some small portion of Cloathing. The Counties from which those poor fellows came are much to blame; they have not done them justice in general, as they were to have supplied their respective Draughts with Cloathing that would have been sufficient for the Campaign. As it is not probable that I shall receive any money from No. Carolina, I have no Expectation of making more purchases of any kind, which will make it unnecessary for me to stay much longer here; I will, therefore, be obliged to you to let me know what will be wanting for Troops, that I may do everything in my power before I go. I should have purchased linen for your hunting shirt, but wait to know if the Britannias will answer that purpose. Please to give my compliments to Col. Armstrong & Maj. Eaton, & I remain,
Your Obedt. Hble. Serv't,
THOS. CRAIKE, D. C. C.