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Letter from Charles Armand Tuffin, Marquis de La Rouërie
La Rouërie, Charles Armand Tuffin, marquis de, 1751-1793
August 10, 1780
Volume 14, Page 549

COL. ARMAND TO MAJOR GEN. GATES.

Half Past Eight__10th August, 1780.

Sir:

The allarm that we Had this afternoon and I mentioned to your Excellency, was occasion'd by the imprudence of one Capt. of the milicious what was swiming in the creek, Half mile from the piquet of the right of the enemy, which sind five men along the creek in the wood, faired upon the Capt. and wounded Him very bad in His left arm. As soon we were allarm'd I send my infantery to the post where the accident Had Happen'd and as there it is a foard we will Have the post well reanforced. One of my officers with a party Has crossed the river at that place, and proceeded till the piquet of the ennemy, and came back without any hurt. I am effrayed that I Have done a miss. I was to gether the troops with a great Haste at the instant the allarme was given when the officer commanding at the piquet on the mean road brought to me two letters, one for your Excellency and the other for the officer taken yesterday, with I believe twenty guineas in a paper, these were brought by a flag from the ennemy—in their very time—The seirgent that Had carry the flag by your order asked of me to carry you the answer and the guineas; as I had a more busy affairs on Hand, and put a great'r Confidence in a man sent by your Excellency on such a message, I have delivered Him the whole. I Beg your Excellency would tell me if the seirgent Has answered my confidence. I beg the leave to go to Head quarters to-morrow morning, and come back immediately.

With great respect, Sir,
Yr. most Obt. & Hbl.
ARMAND.