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This comes by Captn.
] waggon from the long Canes where I am at present. I parted from Mr. Drayton
on Monday[Page 359]
; he steer'd his Course to Augusta and thence designed for the Camp at Amelia. I tho't it necessary to visit the Settlements on this Side Saludy. Met a large Congregation Yesterday and found the people divided in their Sentiments. Spoke at least two Hours to them to good Effect. The prevailing party here is for American Measures by the Agency of some of our worthy Members. but they need Confirmation. I have therefore appointed three Meetings at which I expect to see the greater Number of the Disaffected. Shall then cross over into Fletchal's Regt.
once more to be at an Election appointed at Ford's on Enoree where we expect great Opposition if not Violence from Cunninghams Party. Brown will bring them to Blood if he can but, still hope it may be prevented. I consider myself as running great Risques but think it my Duty. Our Visit has given their party a great Shock divided their Freinds and strengthened the American Interest much. One of their Cheifs confessed to me at little River that he bro't up the Thanks of the Govr:
for what he has done and is doing.
and engaged to write.
Intrigue here is as evident as the Light of the Sun. The Evidences of their Design
by the Indians is no doubt clear to the Council from the papers sent down already. The Inhabitants here are in great Terror as far as they have heard of their Danger and that because they have no Amunition. The leaders have frequently dropd in Company that they intend to form a Camp. I am sure they will find a smaller number ready to
them than they imagine. but their Dependance is upon the Savages to join their Army. & that the rest of the Inhabitants will be forced to join them, to save their Families from a Massacre. I am taking proper Measures in this District to prevent the horrible Conspiracy. Three Volunteer Companies are formed. One under Major Terry who now seems animated in the Cause another under Captn:
] a third under Captn:
More of the like kind is going on as fast as may be. The great Difficulty is the want of Amunition. They evidently have a Design upon Fort Charlotte and our Friends cannot collect to defind it unless they are supplied. I have, therefore promised them a Supply. If you Gentlemen therefore think it proper, it will be of the greatest utillity to send up
Powder & some Lead, by the Bearer Saml.
] who will effectual secrete it untill delivered safe into the hands of the volunteer Companies to be subject to the Order of the Council in case it is not used for the Defence of the Coly_.
It will be effectually secured & a small Delay may be greatly dangerous. The same Measure will be necessary on the other Side Broad River. I could wish that Virginia might be allarmed and ready, and that a categorical Answer might be demanded of the Cherokees, before the time of Danger. The Creeks are in some Danger from one Thompson an Emissary now among them I shall visit Fort Charlotte before I return and hope to let you hear more particularly on these Subjects next Week and am
with great Respect
your humble Servt.
P:S: I shall back this Letter to some unsuspected Person that it may be less in Danger of surprise from Enemies
ALS, Gibbes Collection, ScA
; addressed on cover "To / Mr.
Arthur Middleton / Charlestown / favd.
by / Mr.
Reed."; addressed below close "To the Council of Safety."; dated below close "Long Canes 1st_ Septr. 1775
"; docketed by HL "Revd.
Tennent / 1st. Septem 1775
/ Recd. 16th_
''; numbered "25-18".
] James McCall, a captain in Major James Mayson's rangers, was captured during the campaign against the Cherokees (1776), but escaped. In 1780 he received a lieutenant colonel's commission in the state troops and was twice wounded that year. He participated in several battles including both fought at Ninety Six, Long Cane, Augusta, and Cowpens. He died of smallpox in May 1781. Moss, South Carolina Patriots, p. 594
The Papers of Henry Laurens,
ed. David R. Chesnutt, et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999).
Electronic version based on
The Papers of Henry Laurens
(Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 10, pp. 305-415. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 7 January 2018]