powered by google
Documenting the American South Logo
Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Advanced Search Options
Letter from Thomas Burke to Griffith John McRee
Burke, Thomas, ca. 1747-1783
February 05, 1782
Volume 16, Page 187

TO MAJOR McREE, OR OTHER COMMANDING OFFICER AT WILMINGTON, FROM GOV. THOS. BURKE.
[From Executive Letter Book.]


Little River, February 5th, 1782.

Sir:

You will be so good as to permit all such persons as came in the Flag, to return to her again if they desire it, and to send an escort with such as have been Citizens and choose voluntarily to submit themselves to the jurisdiction of the State, to Mr. Justice Ashe, Judge of the Superior Court, who will proceed with them agreeably to the Laws of the Land.

I wish not to give occasion for disagreeable discussion and therefore you will take care that the desire of such as submit themselves be clearly attested.

Mr. Gilmour cannot be admitted as a Citizen, coming as he does, under the sanction of the Flag, for it cannot be presumed that the Enemy would give a Flag to one of their subjects for such a purpose, unless for some end injurious to us, therefore he comes either as a Spy, or receiving him will be a fraud upon the Laws that relate to Flags.

You have acted with propriety and I thank you for your care and attention.

I am, Sir, with Esteem and Regard
Your Obedt. Servt.,
THOMAS BURKE.

P. S.—Such a stay may be permitted as to land anything they have brought with them. No act of authority must compel the Flag to take on board any persons or anything except her own Crew and passengers.