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Letter from William Richardson Davie to Jethro Sumner
Davie, William Richardson, 1756-1820
October 06, 1780
Volume 14, Page 676

WM. DAVIDSON AND WM. DAVIE TO BRIGR. GENL. SUMNER.

Camp near Phyfer's, October 6th, 1780.

Sir:

With respect to the Prisoners you mention in your Letter, I know no particular Crime but the General one of their being King's Militia. The one named McGurra acted as a Serjeant, & ordered in the Militia. They certainly consider themselves as His Majesty's Subjects; but on which principle they ought to be treated, I know not, whether Exchange or Punishment.

It is said the Enemy were reinforced Saturday or Sunday last with the two Battalions of the 71st Regiment & some Field pieces. They forage but in large parties of 2 or 300.

I am, Sir, &c., &c.,
Signed,
WM. R. DAVIE.
The Hnble. Brigr. Genl. Sumner.