Per Mr. Isaac Matthew.
A few of my Neighbors requests me to represent to your Excellency our distressed situation, and total ruin that in a few days must ensue. The forces ordered by your Excellency or General Butler sent to our assistance we suppose was raised for such Time as the Tories would be subdued, but upon finding them all to go Home and Fanning not more than Twenty miles below us, with his whole force, which is said to be Three hundred, has dispirited our People so much that it was impossible to keep those we had Embodied from following the Example. They could not be much blamed when upwards of Six hundred did not think it prudent to attack them. Myself and many others have made use of every possible endeavor to spirit up
Since writing the above a Reconnoitering Party we had down to find out the Enemy’s Movements Informs us that Fanning went down to Cross Creek, where he joined Three Hundred from the Raft Swamp, and it strongly suggested that the British from Wilmington is or will be there also. This Every Person we saw told us when we were down with the Flag would be the case. I am now led to believe it but not then. I should think Major Cage would write Your Excellency on the same head but as I have no Opportunity to see or hear from him and that he should not, have endeavoured to explain Our Situation as well as I could. For any other Particulars I refer your Excellency to the bearer who knows as much as I do of these Matters. If you will please to let us know what we can depend on it will much oblige many good men and particularly,
Deep River Aug. 15th, 1781.
Received 18th; answered same day.