Letter from John Walker to Abner Nash
Volume 14, Pages 853-854
CAPT. JOHN WALKER TO GOV. ABNER NASH.
Wilmington, June 16th, 1780.
To His Excellency, Abner Nash.
Inclosed you have Copies of Genl. Clinton's proclamations of May 22nd & June 3rd. There is one since those which I have not received; if I do, will send it you the first opp'ty. There is nothing new here worth Relating to you; only everything here is at a stand, as the State Crr'y will hardly Pass. At any rate I am happy to hear you have issued a proclamation for that purpose. I wish it was come to hand. I have sent to Newbern sundry
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times for the last acts of Assembly. Mr. Davis has not, nor ever does, send them to us for many months after the Sessions of Assembly. I will be much obliged to you to send me them by the first opp'ty. Mr. Hawkins promised, but am afraid he will forget them. There is in and about this place Sundry People who have never taken the Oaths of Allegiance, I suppose near twenty. One Allen Carmichael has Lived in town some time, a Trading Person—has not nor will not take it; Likewise Alex. Brodie, who now stands bound over on suspicion of having Correspondence with the Enemy, he having lately been among the Capts. of vessels and others, taking down all their names, and the names of the vessels, & when they were to sail. Information being given by them of his proceedings was the occasion of his being bound over; he is a dangerous man, and ought to be sent off from amongst us. I believe he has take the Oath. One Joseph Tittley lately went into Chas. Town, is since com'd out on his Parole; he is here at Liberty to do what ever he pleases; he has ever been a Strong Suspected Person. Charles Campbell of this town has not taken the Oath; he has a brother, an Officer in our Army, who has gone over to the Enemy since the surrender of Charles Town, and now has a Commission among them. Rigdeon Pender & abt. sixteen more that has never taken the Oath, I wish something might be done with them, as the People in the Country Murmur much at having them Amongst us; They Do No Duty, and has kept them at defiance a long Time. It is much the desire of a Number of the Inhabitants of this Place that Your Excellency will order something done with those People.
I am, with the utmost regard, Dear Sir,
Yr. assured well wisher & humble Servt.,