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Letter from John Penn to Jethro Sumner
Penn, John, 1740 or 1-1788
October 1780
Volume 14, Page 781

HON. JOHN PENN TO GEN. JETHRO SUMNER.

Hillsborough.

I am at a loss to advise you to act with the Militia men, not knowing what their complaint is. However, I would advise you to fix a time with them on the best terms you can, provided the enemy leave the state or until we call out a reinforcement.