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Letter from Robert Smith to Cornelius Harnett
Smith, Robert
July 23, 1776
Volume 22, Pages 748-749


Edenton, 23d July, 1776.

Dear Sir:

The Bearer waits on you to obtain leave to depart from this port to Portugal with a Brig he has now here lying loaded with Pipe Staves. He was not aware of a Resolve of Congress—against shipping staves, but as that resolve leaves to you a discretionary power, and as he offers to give Bond and Sufficient Security to return here if not taken or lost, with Salt, an Article we cannot do without, I think, and I could wish he might be allowed to go out.

I have nothing new to refresh your ear, nor have I anything

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“that settle accounts” to send you. I wish I could regale you and my Friend Jones with a dozen lines.

Rankin is returned and gone to Pungo with Salt we understand.

I am with much Esteem, Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
Cornelius Harnett, Esq.