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Letter from Thomas Burke to James Cole Mountflorence
Burke, Thomas, ca. 1747-1783
March 17, 1782
Volume 16, Page 235

[From Executive Letter Rook.]

Halifax, March 17th, 1782.


I have received yours of the 14th of this month and am much pleased with your diligence and activity, wish it to be in my power to reward you with suitable distinction.

I have not received any answer from General Greene to my letters which related to the supplies of provisions. But I suppose the Commissary General has the business already in train, and I must refer you to him. If the cattle should be fed, I suppose care will be taken to put the State in condition to make proper charges against the Confederacy for what they shall consume.

I have taken measures with respect to all the disaffected in the State on which the officers are just entering for execution. Those of Hyde will be included, but it would be too arbitrary an Act to authorize Commissioners to seize the property of such persons as they may deem disaffected, and our Government, which ought to be a Government of Laws, not of mere power, will not tolerate such acts in the Supreme Magistrate.

I thank you, Sir, for the Copy of the Capitulation and the wafers. I observe that the Arms of France are splendidly triumphant and her officers generous and magnanimous.

I am, Sir, with Esteem,
Your Obedt. Servt.,