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Letter from Rawlins Lowndes to Richard Caswell
Lowndes, Rawlins, 1721-1800
January 03, 1779
Volume 14, Page 8

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PREST. R. LOWNDES OF S. C. TO GOV. RICHARD CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Sir:

I had the honor of writing you of the 27th of December last. The designs of the Enemy are now not only clearly demonstrated, but partly effected. They are in possession of Savannah, the Capital of Georgia, having on the 29th of December carried that place with a force to which the opposition was very unequal. Their Strength at present is matter of much Conjecture; it is estimated at 3,000, all regulars, but from no certain premises. I am afraid if they establish themselves in Georgia, they will look further, and Acquire Spirits that may Eventually prolong the War. My Duty, Sir, to Congress and to this State require that I should give you the earliest notice of this unfortunate Event, to Interest you in the recovery of one Lost Country and the preservation of another.

I have the honor to be with the highest Reg'd, Sir,
Your Excellency's most obedt. humble Servt.,
RAW. LOWNDES.

Charles Town, 3rd Jan., 1779.