The Papers of Henry Laurens

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William Henry Drayton to Council of Safety


I arrived here last night from ninty six, where Mr_ Tennent & myself had a pretty numerous meeting. Mr_ Tennent is gone for a few days towards the long Canes; & I came here to see the People of Augusta & the Settlements in these parts in my way to Amelia. By various accounts that I received on the road yesterday afternoon, last night, & this morning, it appears to be a fact that Kirland is actually in Arms to attack Augusta & Fort Charlotte. The King's Men as they are called were summoned to meet yesterday at a place about 20 miles from hence: they seperated last night, & I am informed they will meet again in two or three days. They have been very diligent in obtaining Arms. Cunningham & Brown are of the Party.
In this situation of affairs, by virtue of your letter of the eleventh Instant. I have ordered out three companies near this place to assemble immediately, & who will be joined by 100 Men from Augusta. I have ordered Major Williamson to march with 300 Men to Harlens ford on Savannah River about 30 Miles above this place. I have also ordered Col. Thomson to March his Rangers, & as near three hundred militia as he can, & take Post at the Ridge; & Col. Richardson with 300 Men to take Post near the mouth of Ennoree to be a check on Fletchals People in case they should shew any intention of assisting Kirkland. I beg leave to recommend that a proper quantity of Powder & Ball be sent to Col. Richardson, so that he may be enabled to supply Col. Neyles Regiment.
I have not been honoured with any letters from you, but those of the 11th. & 13th Instant. However, as soon as Kirlands Party shall take the field I shall hold myself fully authorized by your letter of[Page 353] the eleventh & the necessity of affairs to proceed to every extremity that may have a tendency to suppress those Men who oppose the authority of Congress.

I am
Your most obedt_ Sert_

Wm Hy_ Drayton.

ALS, SCL (ScU); addressed on cover "To / The Honourable / The Council of Safety / in / Charles Town"; dated below close "At Mr_ Hammonds near Augusta. / August 30. 1775."; docketed by HL "Wm. Hy Drayton Esq / 30 August 1775 / Recd. 5th. Septem_ / Answd. 6th."; numbered "25-8".