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Letter from Abner Nash to Jethro Sumner [Extract]
Nash, Abner, ca. 1740-1786
September 04, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 770-771

GOV. ABNER NASH TO GEN. JETHRO SUMNER.

September 4th, 1780.

“The longer you stay at Ramsey's the faster you will get set there. I desire of you by all means to march immediately. The country abounds in cattle, and you must get them under the militia law if they cannot be had otherwise; and as for bread there is no stint at Salisbury, and the cornfields, if there be no other recourse, must supply necessities.”

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“The Western Counties are now high spirited, and things there wear a good countenance; 500 Virginia regulars will be here in a day or two, and nothing is wanting but the countenance of your brigade to give life and spirit to our affairs; so let me beg of you, sir, to march on, surmounting and despising all difficulties. Appoint a commissary yourself.”