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Letter from Absalom Tatom to Thomas Burke
Tatom, Absalom, 1741-1802
March 20, 1782
Volume 16, Pages 244-245

TO GOV. BURKE FROM MAJ. A. TATOM.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Hillsborough, March 20th, 1782.

Sir:

On Sunday, the 11th Instant, Colonel Balfour, of Randolph, was

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murdered in the most inhuman manner by Fanning and his party, also a Captain Bryant and a Mr. King were murdered in the night of the same day by them. Colonel Collier’s and two other houses were burned by the same party.

Colonel Balfour’s sisters and daughters and several other women were wounded and abused in a barbarous manner.

These, Sir, are facts. I was at that time in Randolph; saw the Tories and some of their cruelties. Without a speedy relief the good people of that Country must leave their habitations and seek refuge in some other place.

I am, Sir,
Your Obedient,
Humble Servant,
A. TATOM.