The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

From General Jethro Sumner


As early as I possibly cou'd after receiving Your instructions I convened the Officers and agreeable to the resolutions of Congress we have agreed on those for the Regiments to be raised by the State, a return of which I have enclosed.
In doing this particular attention has been paid to the Officers in Captivity, which with the members Still wanting to Compleat renders it impracticable any other then a Tempor[ar]y arraingment at present taking place.
You have the names of the Gentlemen reduced, who from their long experience[,] Activity, and Bravery, we regret much the loss of; they claim'd from Seniority and Domestick connections a preference. As there are four surgeons in Captivity, we are under the necessity of continuing two, there being no Skillfull persons to be procured who will act as Mates.
I Order'd the stores in Guilford & Caswell Countys , to be removed according to Your directions. Any further commands You may have, I shall think myself happy in executing.
There are a number of members of the Lagislature Assembled here. It appears to be there determination and Sincerest wishes to raise and compleat our Regiments. They have not Yet made a House. What determinations they may adopt on that part I shall communicate to You, and in the mean time use every endeavour to fecilitate the good intention.
Since I wrote the above that Honourable Body have made a House and are proceeding on buisuness. I am with regard and Esteem Sir

Your most Obd Hbl sert

Jethro Sumner

Letter signed (MiU-C) 2 pp.