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Letter from Henry William Harrington to Horatio Gates
Harrington, Henry William, 1747-1809
October 15, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 697-698


Camp near Cross Creek, 15th October, 1780.

Dear Sir:

I had the honor to receive your favor of the 11 Instant yesterday evening, and in consequence of your recommendation I shall March towards Peedee tomorrow, & shall write to Colos. Marion & Giles soon after I arrive there. I shall be glad to hear from the Gentleman whom You, Sir, mention towards the conclusion of your said favour.

I received a Letter from His Excellency, Governor Rutledge, requesting me to order the Tory Prisoners taken by Colo. Marion to New bern, which I shall do tomorrow; and as the other Prisoners will be troublesome to me on my March, I shall send them also to Newbern under the same Guard, 14 in all, viz.: 6 Tories from So. Carolina, 4 British soldiers, 1 North Carolina Tory, 2 Militia men, turn'd over to the Continental-service for desertion from the Militia, and James McLean, the lying Deserter.

I have again received accounts of French & Spanish Forces being landed at Sunbury; but as such Reports have so often prevailed when there was not the least foundation for them, I am

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tired of troubling You with them; however, I will just mention that I believe it may be depended on that a Colo. Clarke has taken Augusta & captured some British & Indians, and refer You, Sir, to my Letter of this date to the Board of War for the intelligence touching our Allies, in case you should think there is any probability of their being at Sunbury.

I have the honour to be, Dear Sir,
Your most obedt. sert.,