Within closed you have a Copy of Colo. Leonard’s letter respecting the Tories in South Carolina, and as there is no Ammunition here, of course I could send none, but make no doubt you will forward an Express to Newbern for some. As it seems to be their intention to come this way, am making every preparation for a defence. The Inhabitants of the Town will turn out to a Man, if wanted, and should be glad of your Opinion, whether I may take them should there be a call for Men, and any further orders you may think proper.
I have workmen busy repairing Guns and Making Carriages.I am, Sir,
Written on the back of the letter is this:
I took the liberty of opening this letter when it came here to shew Leonard’s intelligence to Mr. Swann, &c. Col. Young says he has no horses or men in town, otherwise he would send over for intelligence. This may perhaps be necessary, but if those fellows should steal a march upon us it has been conjectured vessels would be sent round to take them in, but I know not the foundation of this conjecture. To-morrow afternoon or next day I purpose going to town—if you can send your letters over I will take them. I wish to see you much.