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SIR : By the inclosed you will perceive the Ideas of this Commonwealth on the subject of military things. We mean to act with vigour and upon a liberal plan. If your State shall be distressed, ours will gladly contribute to its Relief if possible. Our Interests are the same and our operations shall harmonize.
No news on which I can depend has come here lately from the North. I judge that Philadelphia is now or shortly will be at the Mercy of the Enemy. The Middle States have not furnished Troops in so great numbers as were expected. I trust your Commonwealth and ours will exhibit a different spirit. And altho many Difficultys are to be encountered on the subject of necessarys, yet I hope we may muster a formidable Force by the Spring. For this purpose I think the earliest preparations should be made ; and in conformity we are setting about this work immediately.
I have the honor to be Sir,
yr. mo. hble. Servt.
(Addressed to) The Honble. CORNELIUS HARNETT, ESQ.
President of the Committee of Safety, North Carolina.
- Patrick Henry