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Letter from Jethro Sumner to Horatio Gates
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
October 05, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 669-670

GEN. JETHRO SUMNER TO MAJOR GEN. GATES.

Camp McGoons Creek, October 5th, 1780.
Six Ock. Mng.

Sir:

By express rec'd last evening from Colo. Jo. Williams of Surry County, about thirty Tories had enter'd Richmond Town and taken of several prisoners. I had, before this express arrived, detach'd thirty Infantry to the fork of the Yadkin and Deep Creek One Capt. Miller, with about thirty horses of the County, on Information of the Tory party immediately went in pursuit. Genl. Davidson also had detail'd a party in that Quarter, which we hope will be force surficient to disperse them. Genl. Davidson

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writes of yesterday's date that he Suspected the enemy were endeavour'g to reconnitre his Camp the night before. I inclose you a Proclamation of Genl. Cornwallis, also a protection given by Jo. Martin, late Governr. of this State.

We are here, Sir, Genlly. in great Strength for provision.
I am with great Respect. Yr. Servt.,
(Signature torn off.)
Genl. Gates.