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Letter from Samuel Ashe to John Alexander Lillington
Ashe, Samuel, 1725-1813
May 29, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 826-827


May 29th, 1780.

Dear Sir:

Col. Rutherford yesterday informed me that you had directions to remove him to Halifax (on his parole). I know no part of his Conduct that gave occasion for the measure, but suppose it was thought prudent from the situation of things at this time. To view it in any other light, I should consider it as carrying reflection, and even insult, upon his Neighbours and acquaintances with whom his time is spent, and whom (without a Compliment to ourselves) I have always considered among the first class of Citizens for vigilance & zeal. He also informed me that you had mentioned to him that, wt. the assent of the garrison and my consent, he might be paroled to one of my plantations. From a full persuasion that he has determined and means not to intermeddle or use any influence to our prejudice, I readily agree to such parole, either at my former plantation or here. At the former I purpose, if I shall be permitted, to spend most of the season; & there, where his little Salt works are, I suppose he would prefer to live than to be removed. Our affairs at this time wear not the most pleasing aspect; they seem to require our immediate and utmost exertions; and instead of drafting a few of the Militia, the whole Body of them, without any exemptions, with the Garrison at the head, ought, in my opinion, to take the field, & be in force & readiness to receive the Enemy, who (Mr. Moseley informed me yesterday) are on their

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march against us at this time, and can not be very far distant. If you have not engaged by a Solemn Vow not to come on this side the River again, I shall be glad to see you, if only for a few minutes.

I am Dr. Sir, Yrs.,

I go to Town to-morrow. Did you bring any thing new from there?