The Papers of Henry Laurens


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William Thomson to Henry Laurens

Honb¯le Sir,

The express sent to Mr: Drayton is not yet return'd, I am now in Camp at this Place, with five Companys Capt: Wise, Kirshaw, Goodwyn Richardson and Woodward, Capts: Imhoff and Heatley are out recruiting, As is Capt: Kirshaw in behalf of them, & likewise some of the Lieuts: I am in hopes in a short time to have their Companys compleated. Capt: Purvis & his Company I expect down by Sunday next, Major Mason, who has been some time at the Congrees waiting for them I expect at the same time to join the Camp. from all the Intelligence I have had, there was not much reason for our Friends in Georgia, being so much alarm'd. the first certain account I had of Capt: Polk's disobedience, I recd: by a Letter from Major Mason, the day before Mr: Drayton came to the Congrees, & on his arrival, I deliver'd it to him. I did not chuse to write from report, where the reputation of a Gentleman is at Stake.[1] My Officer, who wrote to Mr: Gervais, (yet unknown to me) had he acquainted me, I should have had it in my Power to have wrote facts.[2] Whatever certainties [mi]ght[3] come to my Hands, of Consequence, either for, or against the cause of Liberty, You may depend on, I shall, (both as a point of my duty, & my strictest regard for the welfare of the Country), make immediate report of. I have[Page 351] reason to believe that the Non-Subscribers will be but few in a short time.
I have the Promise of a Volunteer Company of Sixty good Men, out of Fletchers company near to where he lives. I have taken the Commission away from some of the Capts: of my regiment of Foot, who was disobedient and disaffected. I should be glad to know if it would be proper to fill up those places with good Men by giving them Volunteer Commissions, if not proper should be glad to know If I could be supply'd with blank Commissions from the Governor for them.[4] I inclose you a list of Captn: Wise's Officers & Men.
Capt: Imhoff petitioned me for a second Lieutenants Commission, for in the choice of which depends the raising of Men to the number of fourteen or fifteen.[5] The other blank Commissions I shall not fill up untill my regiment is all together except those in the Foot untill which time it will not be in my Power to make you a proper return of the regiment of Horse.[6]
The Companys now with me are compleat, And I have the vanity to make mention, that the Men are very forward in their Military discipline. I remn Honb¯le Sir

Your honours most obedt: humble Servt:

Wm. Thomson

[P.S.]
NB please to observe that Captn Wise himself is in No: Carolina, his Men came with Lieutt: Donaldson;[7] Captn. Wise I presume will be in Camp in a few days.
If I should not be order'd on a Tour, I should be glad to obtain permission through your means to come to Town for a few days to sell part of my Cropp, about the 10th: of Septr:[8]
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LS, Emmet Collection, NN; no address; dated "Camp Amelia, Fuquetts Old Field Augt: 25th. 1775."; docketed by HL "Collo. Wm. Thomson / 25 Augt 1775 Recd. 30th_ / Read in Council & Answd. / 31st_"; numbered "20-19".
[1.] Two inches of space left at the end of line.
[2.] An inch of space left before beginning of next sentence.
[3.] Manuscript torn.
[4.] Marginalia (left margin) in HL's hand: "Volun¯ / or / otherwise / Commiss. / Not to be / obtained / usual way".
[5.] Marginalia (left margin) in HL's hand: "approve".
[6.] Marginalia below this sentence at bottom of page: "as soon as possible".
[7.] John Donaldson (b. ca. 1745), a native of England who resided in St. David parish, was a member of that parish's committee and was commissioned first lieutenant in Capt. Samuel Wise's company of Thomson's Ranger Regiment. He was promoted to captain early in 1776. South Carolina Historical Magazine, II (1901), 173; Journals of S.C. Provincial Congress, p. 48; William Thomson to Robert Goodwyn, March 17, 1775, Gibbes, Documentary History, I, 271.
[8.] Marginalia below this sentence at bottom of page: "granted / to leave the Major_". Additional marginalia to the right of the foregoing as though it was separate thought "to follow orders of Mr. Drayton".