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Letter from Jethro Sumner to Abner Nash
Sumner, Jethro, 1733?-1785
September 03, 1780
Volume 15, Pages 410-411


Camp at Ramseys Mill, Sept. 3rd, 1780.


Near one third of the soldiers are under the disagreeable necessity of being employed in beating out wheat, at different farms for the subsistence of the Camp, not a beef secured, the sole dependence is taken from the wood or farms near Camp.

No Commissary immediately employed to look too—for these

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gross neglects, Mr. Molett had drove from this Brigade near 300 beaves, Col. Seawell informs without his knowledge, (they were Tory Property), and had not left one for the subsistance of this Camp. I wish your Excellency would give some order to the Commissary's department, that a more proper arrangement might take place among the soldiery. I intend moving the Camp on the other side the River today if possible, and as there is little provision to supply us on the march, for I assure you there is not a supply yet for this days use, I shall be under the necessity of continuing longer ther than I wish for.

I am, Sir, with respect your Servt.,

(Note written on the back of the letter).

Sir: I desire you to read the within & let me know what measure is to be taken to get Sumners men to march.