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Letter from James Armstrong to Jethro Sumner
Armstrong, James, d. 1794
May 30, 1780
Volume 15, Page 403

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Newbern, May 30th, 1780.

Dr. General,

I have received your obliging favor dated Col. Hardy's, should have been very happy to have seen you in this part of the State.

I have also received by the bearer your instructions of the 23rd instant which I shall pay the greatest attention to. I waited on His Excellency, the Governor, agreeable to your orders & have obtained a Warrant for 50,000 dollars, which Money I have since drawn for the Recruiting service. On Sunday next I shall sett out for Cross Creek, where I expect to meet Genl. Caswell's brigade of Militia on their return from South Carolina. If I should meet with Success in Recruiting will write you by the first opportunity. There has been various reports with respect to Charlestown; but nothing can be relied on. But as their has no accounts arrived in Town from any person of authority at the S. Ward; it is generally believed that it is not taken. The Governor hourly expects an express from the So. Ward.

I am, with great Regard Sir,
Your most Obedt. Hum. Servt.,

P. S. As Major Eaton & Capt. Medearis lives in your neighbourhood, I suppose they will receive orders from you. If they should meet with any success in Recruiting, I will advance any sums they shall from time to time require.

J. A.