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Letter from Henry Clinton to Benedict Arnold [Extract]
Clinton, Henry, Sir, 1738?-1795
February 18, 1781
Volume 17, Page 986

EPTRACT.—FROM SIR HENRY CLINTON, K. B., TO BRIGADIER GENERAL ARNOLD,

New York, February 18th, 1781.

Sir:

Appearance at Rhode Island give me reason to suppose that the ships seen last Wednesday were the avant garde from that place. Should they pay you a visit from Rhode Island, you may rest assured every attention will be paid to your situation, and that our movements will be regulated by theirs.

I am afraid Tarleton's affair is too true; but I have reason notwithstanding, to believe Lord Cornwallis is far advanced in North Carolina.

HENRY CLINTON.