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Letter from Andrew Armstrong to Thomas Burke
Armstrong, Andrew
December 29, 1780
Volume 15, Page 186

COL. ANDW. ARMSTRONG TO HON. THOS. BURKE.

Hillsborough, Dec. 29th, 1780.

The Honourable Thomas Burke, in Congress, from Andw. Armstrong, favd. by Gen. Smallwood.
Dear Sir:

Some time ago I wrote to you from Virginia, acquainting you that I had met Mr. Porterfield on his way to Philadelphia, and that he told me (if he was not disapointed in Cash) that he had particular instructions to buy your place. I delayed a night at Colonel Henderson's, on my way to Hillsborough, where Mr. Porterfield had also been, and told Colonel Henderson of the above intention. It is the Colonel's oppinion that your place is truely valuable, and he thinks it will be difficult, if not impossible, to Purchase another of equal value with the money that you will get for it; but these matters I presume is safe enough under your own consideration. Yesterday I went to see Mrs. Burke, who then was well. The inoculation at your place has gone on in an unaccountable manner. After repeated tryals to no purpose, they all took it the Natural way, some of your small Blacks very much marked, and one wench has been dangerously bad, but I believe all will recover. I mentioned in my last that if you was in Cash when you left Congress that you would bring me good Cloth and trimming for a Coat and Jacket. Not a word of News here; it is generally believed that the Enemy will not attempt this State untill they are re-enforced.

I am, Sir, with respect,
Your very Humble Servt.,
ANDW. ARMSTRONG.