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Letter from Josias Carvel Hall to Horatio Gates
Hall, Josias Carvel, 1746-1814
October 12, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 687-688

JO. CAVAIL HALL TO MAJ. GEN. GATES.

Sir:

Agreeable to your orders, I have delivered Genl. Gist your Instructions to me. The assembly meets on the 17th Inst. to consider some more efficacious Means of filling their Regts. I can not flatter you with the Prospect of a speedy Reinforcement from this State. The State Regt. yet lays at Annapolis. If the Enemy

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should take Post at Portsmouth I am informed it will be ordered to cover the Convention Troops, in that case to be marched to Maryland.

The Embarkation we have been amused with for sometime past it seems was destined for West Point. The enclosed Papers, which contain all the news we have, will explain the matter. There is an Embarkation of 6,000 now spoke of, destined by Conjecture for the South.

Pardon the Liberty I have taken to request you will send the enclosed with the Papers, when you have amused yourself with considering the good that may arise from such uncommon Baseness, to Colo. Williams,

And believe me,
With the greatest Respect.,
Yr. Hble. Servt.,
JO. CAVAIL HALL.

Baltimore, Octr. 12th, '80.