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Letter from Charles Cornwallis, Marquis Cornwallis to Henry Clinton
Cornwallis, Charles Cornwallis, Marquis, 1738-1805
April 24, 1781
Volume 17, Page 1019

EARL CORNWALLIS TO SIR HENRY CLINTON, K. B.

Wilmington, April 24, 1781.

Sir:

I have reflected very seriously on the subject of my attempt to march into Virginia, and have in consequence written a letter to Major General Phillips, of which I have the honor to enclose a copy to your Excellency. I have likewise directed Lieutenat Colonel Balfour to send transports and provisions to this port, in case I should find the junction with Major General Phillips inexpedient or impracticable, and that I should have the mortification of seeing that there is no other method of conveying his Majesty's troops to South Carolina without exposing them to the most evident danger of being lost.

I have the honor to be, &c.,
CORNWALLIS.