This Day I was honored with your Lordship’s Letter by Express, and was agreeably surprised of hearing from Lord Charles Montague that he is a Prisoner of War in this State, but confess the mode of capture not the most honorable although admissible among Nations at War.
I beg leave to inform your Lordship, that it has been represented by some Gentlemen of reputation from South Carolina, that the Regiment lately raised under your Command was composed chiefly of Captive Soldiers from the Virginia and North Carolina Continental Lines, who were compelled to inlist into the same from the prison Ships near Charles Town on the severest penalties of refusal; and that such compulsion was under your Lordship’s direction.
The duties of my station require, that I make your Lordship
Your Lordship will therefore excuse the necessity of your remaining for the present in New Bern or any other part of the State more agreeable, until I consult Major General Greene on this subject that such Documents be furnished if any can be found in Support of the above which shall be communicated on the earliest opportunity.
In the meanwhile Brigadier General Caswell of New Bern District will be directed to minister to your Lordship in whatever may contribute to render your present Continuance in the State as easy and convenient as possible.
Brigadier General Lillington will parole the Honorable Captain Montague and the other British officers to the British Ports they request.