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Letter from Pierce Butler to Thomas Burke
Butler, Pierce, 1744-1822
July 12, 1781
Volume 15, Page 525

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MAJOR BUTLER TO GOVERNOR BURKE.

Beaufort, (S. C.) July 12th, 1781.

Dear Sir:

I had the honour to write to you a few days ago, relative to some concerns of Mrs. Middleton. I hope the letter may have got to hand.

This will be delivered to you by Major Barnwell; a Gentleman of So. Carolina, who has lately been relieved from the miseries of a Prison Ship, in consequence of the General exchange. I beg leave Sir to introduce Major Barnwell to your particular attention, as a Gentleman highly meriting it. His warm and steady attachment to America and the common rights of Mankind, in the midst of great sufferings, trials & temptations, gives him a just claim to regard and esteem from every friend to this Country and its Cause. The Major is anxious to get into So. Carolina, to promote the present laudable animation & zeal that appears in his Country Men to oppose, with becoming Fortitude, British tyrrany. I am confident that his presence there will be of much service, as he has very great influence in the District where he resided. It would be an ill Compliment sir to your discernment & feelings, to make use of any entreaties to induce you to lighten the fatigues of the journey to the Major, his Brothers and Companions, by Ordering some of your Commissaries to furnish them with Horses, & such things as may be necessary for their journey.

I have the Honour to be, with great Esteem, Dear Sir,
Yr. Excy's Most Obed., Hble. Servant,
P. BUTLER.