Your Excellency's favour of the 23rd of August last came safe to hand and we are made extremely happy to learn from it of Major Williamson's success against the Lower Cherokee Indians on which we congratulate you.
The information which you have received with respect to the Number of Men under the command of Brigadier Genl. Rutherford from this State is altogether without foundation as that Gentleman marched with about 3.000 Men well armed and provided with every necessary through the Main pass of the Mountains on the first day of this Instant and we have since learnt that he reached Swanano the next day without the least interruption from the Savages and we have no reason to doubt but that Genl. Rutherford entered the Middle Settlements of the Cherokees on the Ninth, the day agreed upon between our Genl. and Major Williamson as the distance from the entrance in the Mountains to the Settlements is only Eighty Miles. You have inclosed a Copy of Genl. Rutherford's letter to this board to which we refer you for every particular.
Colonel Christian who commands the Virginia Troops about 1450, and 600 Men from this State, will attack with all possible expedition the over Hill Towns and should the Indians abandon