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Your favor of the 11th is before me. I am much obliged to you for the offer you make to the public of the Salt you expect. Doubtless the public contractors will want a supply; but as that is a matter I am too little acquainted with to decide upon I cannot enter into any engagement.
I should wish to give every encouragement in my power to trade and commerce which has been very imprudently cramped; and I believe not a little persecuted in this State; but to gran[t] protections to Waggons in the present critical situation of public affairs cannot be agreed to. However I am in hopes the Army will have occasion to impress few in future as many are coming from the Northward to its relief. I am Gentlemen
Your Most Obedt humble Ser
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene,
ed. Dennis Conrad et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999). Full texts of documents calendared in
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene
(Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 7, pp. 152-289. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 19 January 2018]