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Letter from James Read to Thomas Burke
Read, James
July 20, 1781
Volume 15, Pages 558-559

CAPT. JAMES READ TO GOVERNOR BURKE.

Halifax, July 20th, 1781.

Dear Sir:

I had the honour of receiving your Excellency's Letter of the 19th this Evening.

Col. Long (on hearing of the Enemy's approach) moved the Stores into the Country. As soon as he returns, I shall deliver the Letter, and have the camp-equipage prepared as soon as possible.

Mr. Crake has hired the Servant you mention, and is unwilling to part with him.

I shall do myself the pleasure to wait on your Excellency in a few Days.

A report prevails here, that a Detachment of the Enemy are at

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Pitch Landing, but accounts are so very contradictory, that it can hardly be credited.

I have the honour to be, with the greatest respect,
Your Excellency's most obedt., humble Servt.,
JAMES READ.
His Excellency,
Governor Burke.