Early in July last we received certain intelligence from Brig. Gen Rutherford that the Cherokee Indians had commenced Hostilities on the Inhabitants of So Carolina and this State. We immediately ordered Brig. Rutherford to march with a sufficient force from the Salisbury Brigade into the Cherokee Country and to carry the war into the lower Towns & middle and Valley Settlements. We at the same time Sent up a large quantity of Gun powder since which the Council have received Information that Brigd. Rutherford had marched with 2000 Men. The Council are in full expectation that by this time he is joined by Major Williamson who commands 1.100 of the South Carolina Forces and has orders from the President & Council of that State to act in Conjunction with the Commanding officer of this and the Troops under his command. We have further ordered 500 Men from the Hillsborough Brigade as a Reinforcement to Gen1 Rutherford under the Command of Col. Joseph Taylor who will be ready to march in a few days. On application from the Council of State of Virginia, The Council have ordered three hundred Men from the Surry Regiment of Militia to be embodied with all expedition and to march to Halnackerso. Carolina and this State have been cruelly Murdered however the Council have the pleasure to tell you that since Genl. Rutherford and Major Williamson with the Troops have appeared on the Frontiers not a Man of them is to be seen and the Council hope in about six weeks to give you an account of a capital stroke being struck against those Merciless savages as our Troops are well Armed and in high health & spirits—one of the reasons which induced the Council to order out so formidable a force from this State was that the Frontiers of South Carolina are but thinly peopled & many of the Inhabitants called down to Charlestown to oppose Genl. Clinton and as there was a junction of the Cherokees & Creeks immediate force was absolutely necessary and that the war should be carried on with rigour into the very heart of the Cherokee country which will undoubtedly strike terror into the Southern Indian Nations. This war with the Savages will prove very expensive but we hope the above circumstances will justify their own conduct and induce the Congress to think with us that the expense should be a general charge.
By a young Man, one Linton, a Lieutenant in the 3rd Regiment commanded by Colo Jethro Sumner who arrived here last night from Charlestown we are informed that several Men of war, Transports being part of the Fleet, which sailed from Charlestown, had arrived at Beaufort 60 or 70 Miles to the Southward of Charlestown and landed about 1.500 Men who were intrenched near Port Royal and that Gen. Lee was to march the day he set off the 2nd of this Instant with 1.500 Men to join Colo. Bull who commands a large body of Militia near Port Royal and that from the desertersm. Martin in Halifax and they will be immediately sent to us at Wake Court House to which place we shall adjourn to Morrow & please to send on the paper
P. S. There is not a single British Ship of war at Charlestown