This evening about sun-set, I received information that a British Deserter was in Cross-Creek; I sent immediately for, and examined him. He says that he left Anson Court-house on Monday evening last, that he belonged to Captain Sunderland's Company of the 71 Regiment, that an Officer beat him with a sword, which caused him to leave them, in an hour after the Enemy came to the Court house: That Lord Rawdon had the Command & had with him his own Corps, the 23d. 33d. 71st. Delancy's, the Prince of Wales',Horse this afternoon towards Colesbridge with orders to go to Pedee, to obtain intelligence. This Deserter, by keeping the woods missed them, but if his accounts are true, I think they must return in the morning. However, I shall send out another small party to reconnoiter tomorrow by day light, order the Militia, Stores, Waggons, &c, to the North East side the town and take every necessary precaution: Tho' I do not think to retreat, till I hear something more of this matter.
I am much in want of the Regular Horse, of which His Excellency the Govr. was pleased to mention, as coming this way in His favour of the 27th ulto. to me; without them or other regular Horse, it is almost impossible to obtain early intelligence.
I shall write again per Express, as soon as I know the certainty of what this fellow says, & in the mean time I shall secure him under a proper Guard.
P. S. The Desterter says Gov. Martin is with Lord Rawdon.