The Papers of Henry Laurens

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Stephen Bull to Henry Laurens


Upon the Receipt of your favors, of the 8th, 12th, and 13th of this Inst. I immediately came to this, where a sufficient number of Men were ready to defend it, as also to defend the Powder Captain Lampriere and the Sloop, the powder was safely deposited in the Court House, and is now put on board the Schooner sent by the Council of Safety for it, which will sail in half an hour, under the pro[tection][1] of the guard you sent for it so that as soon as the Powder is out of Sight of this Town, I shall discharge the Men we have under Arms, untill further orders_[Page 309]
Had I not reason to think that our Friends at Augusta are in no danger I should have Marchd a number of Men from our upper Companies, nearest to Augusta, but I was at my Plantations on my Island[2] in Sight of Savannah River illegible last Sunday, and heard on that day from Savannah, and on my Arrival here I was inform'd by a Friend of mine a Gentleman of strict veracity who says that he left Savannah on Monday and that before he left it, Several Men of Credit arrived from Augusta and declared that the Report of Coll. Fletchalls and Browns people comeing against Augusta was altogather groundless, as neither Fletchall, nor any of his party had been nearer to Augusta than Saluda in this Province, neither was there any danger from him or them that the Georgia Companies[3] of Grenadiers and light Infantry under the command of Captain Elbert[4] were about to return to Savannah_
I herewith enclose you a Letter written to me by one of the Captains of this Regiment about forty Miles below Augusta, wherein you will see that a large Company of Men have not three pound of Powder or lead among them_ which confirms what I in a former Letter mention'd to you_ The Men who have been here under Arms complain much of not being supplied with Powder; should a sudden Insurrection of our Domestics happen, they have not Powder to make the least defence, and would take several days for me to distribute Powder in so large a district as this of one Hundred Miles; but if the Council will permit each Captain of a Company to have twenty five Pounds of Powder lodged with him, to be distributed by them as the Service shall require it would be some kind of safety to the People and will ease their minds, who are distress'd at the thoughts of not haveing Powder to protect and defend themselves and their Families_ As Captain Lampriere waits[Page 310]I have only time tell you that I have the honor to be

Your most Obedient Servt:

Stepn: Bull

ALS, Greene Papers, MiU-C; addressed below close "To Henry Laurens Esqr: President of / the Council of Safety in Charles Town"; dated "Beaufort. 18th. of August 1775_"; docketed by HL "Collo. Wm. Bull 18 Augt. 1775 / Recd. 23d. Answd. 23 Septem¯"; numbered "26-20".
[1.] Bull omitted this portion of the word. The copy omits the word entirely.
[2.] Stephen Bull of Sheldon was granted 1550 acres on Bull's Island on Aug. 13, 1766. Located to the north of Daufuskie Island, Bull's Island had the May River as its northeastern boundary. Royal Grants, XIII, Part 2 (1765-1766), 450, ScA.
[3.] "Company" changed to "Companies".
[4.] Samuel Elbert (1740-1788), a native of Prince William parish, moved to Georgia as a youth where he became a merchant and Indian trader, a member of the Savannah Sons of Liberty and the Georgia Council of Safety. He entered the Continental service as a lieutenant colonel in 1776 and served in South Carolina, Georgia, and East Florida before being captured at the Battle of Briar Creek in March 1779. Elbert was exchanged in June 1781 and commanded a brigade at Yorktown. He was elected governor of Georgia in 1785. Dictionary of American Biography.