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Letter from Cornelius Harnett to William Wilkinson
Harnett, Cornelius, 1723-1781
November 19, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 806-807


York, Pennsylvania, Nov. 19th, 1777.

Dear Sir,

I yesterday received your favour of the 18th Ultimo. you accuse me of not writing to you, I can only say that I wrote while Congress remained in Philadelphia to my friends almost by every Post exclusive of other opportunities by private hands, I have answered your several queries by informing you that no Distiller is either to be hired or purchased on such terms as you, or the Concerned would think reasonable but really extravagant. I have told you in five or six of mine, that Jackey was well and at school at Burlington—&c If you choose me to send for him here, I will endeavour to accomplish it, as there is a good school here where he might remain until my return, & I would then bring him with me if it should be your desire. Genl. Washington's Army still remains near Philadelphia, and a large reinforcement is hourly expected from Gen. Gates. A report prevails that the Enemy have at last taken possession of Fort Mifflin (Mud Island) this is not yet confirmed but is thought probable—whether Genl. Howe will be able to hold his ground in Philadelphia this winter is still matter of doubt. Our little fleet and forts on the Delaware have behaved nobly.

Mr. Gillon the bearer of this I beg leave to introduce to your particular notice—& that you will introduce him to my other friends in Wilmington—see that his horses are taken care of &c he is a very deserving man—send the inclosed to Mrs. Harnett. I refer

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you to Mr. Gillon for every other intelligence you may wish to hear, he is this moment setting off I am

Dr. Sir
Your sincere friend &c
William Wilkinson Esqr.

We have neither Post, or Press here therefore can send you no printed accounts, I am obliged to catch an opportunity to write to my friends. Remember me to Mr. Quince &c &c