Various have been the reports from Virginia since my coming to Nutbush, nothing certain, all hoping and very anxious, for so signal an event, as must lead to a happy termination of our troubles in the Southern States or on a reverse of Fortune create new, & encrease present troubles. Thus situated, I have delayed writing to you for I would wish, what I wrote, should be depended on, this happened not before last night; when we were acquainted with the certainty of prevailing reports by the arrival of a Trooper, from York, who left that place on Saturday last. He brings the glorious news of the surrender of Lord Cornwallis & his whole army to General Washington. The Capitulation was signed on Wednesday the 17th Instant, at 11 at Night, & on Friday the garrison grounded their arms & were marched for Winchester; his Lordship is to be sent to England. The man says further, that Genl. Wayne, Guest & Mulhenburg are coming on with 6000 Troops, that the French troops are gone by sea to Charles town & that Genl. Washington marches the rest Northwardly. Permit me, my good Sir, to congratulate you & Mrs. Benninham on this happy occasion. My servant brings several other letters, some for Mr. Johnston, others for Hillsborough. The latter I suppose Mr. Johnston will forward; as I suppose the good folk of that town will not be a little elated at the prospects that must now appear by which they may enjoy peace in their beds; without a dread of Mr. Fanning or his adherents.
If you have any news respecting the operations of the X Creek Army, or Craigs situation, be pleased to communicate to me. I shall be happy to hear from you with Mrs. Benninham & the children are well. However so great a Specific as I now send, will enliven
P. S. If it is possible that the Express who may go up to Hillsborough and return on to-morrow so as that my servant can be here on Sunday—he may stay—perhaps we may hear from thence perhaps something of the Tories, &c.