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Letter from Horatio Gates to the North Carolina Board of War
Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806
November 17, 1780
Volume 15, Page 416

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GENERAL GATES TO THE BOARD OF WAR AT HILLSBOROUGH.

Salisbury, 17th Nov, 1780.

Sirs:

Col. Polk arrived here yesterday, I shewed him General Smallwoods Letter complaining of his not supplying Provisions even to the Continental Troops. I acquainted him also, that his conduct was deemed doubtful and suspicious; and requested to know if I might depend upon his continuing as Commissary to the Troops. He sayed, since he found his Countrymen suspected his Fidelity; he would no longer act as Commissary than until he had delivered Five Hundred Beeves, and One Thousand Bushels of Corn; which he had now collecting. When that was done, he desired it might be understood he resigned his Office. Inclosed you have his letter to that effect. What is now to be done? For the Continental Troops what the Specific Tax will not furnish, I think to employ Major Jemmison to purchase; but the militia must wholely depend on you. I wish this Letter may meet you on the Road; for certainly it is Nigh Time you came here. I every Hour expect General Smallwood; when the future Movements of this Army will be determined.

I am, Sir's, your humble servant,
HORATIO GATES.
The Board of War.
Hillsborough.