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The powers contained in our last Letter of the 31st Ulto.
which went by Thos.
Dean & Thomas Pierce[1
] who carried the Indian presents will have Shewn the confidence which
have reposed in you & we assure our Selves that you will make Such use of your authority & of the means which are in your hands as will[Page 365]
be productive of great advantages to the Colony & give general Satisfaction.
But we perceive by yours of the 30th. Augt.
which came to hand this Morning that you had from the Contents of our Letter of the 11th.
] all the powers which we intended to vest you with by our last therefore we cannot avoid remarking that if the former was adequate & Sufficient a further application was altogether unnecessary, however we make due allowances for the necessity of the times_ We are not under the least doubt of your ability to defeat any Plots which Kirkland may have concerted against Fort Charlotte or Augusta, & Since you have thus Seriously entered upon a contest with him, it will be absolutely necessary to Subdue him, or drive him out of the Country. but we Strongly recommend to you to discharge the Militia as Soon as you can possibly do it with Safety Such additional expence will be very heavy on our treasury_
We informed you in our last that we had Supplied Collo.
Neyle with certain quantities of Gun powder &
Lead_ we Shall now Send two Barrels of Powder & about 400. weight Lead to Mr.
] at the disposal of that Gentleman & Collo.
Richardson, for the use of Collo.
Richardson's Regiment we Should have Sent this directly to himSelf if we had precisely known his Station_
As we are come to a Resolution to distribute Powder throughout the Colony among our friends we beg you will consider what will be proper proportions for the Several districts in which you have & will have been in the course of your tours_
We are now also to acknowledge the Rect.
of a Letter from you & Mr. Tennent
dated at Ford's upon Enoree by the hands of Mr.
] for carriage of which he demanded, as he Said by agreement with you, £35._ & we have paid him although you have[Page 366]
mentioned nothing of the agreement nor did it appear to us that he came expressly for that purpose_ We hope Mr.
Tennent will be assured that we have a proper Sense of his Services & excuse our not writing particularly to him for the reason mentioned in our last our daily expectation of Seeing him happily returned to Charles Town_[5
] we have Sent Copies of Cameron's intercepted Letter[6
] & of Clark's affidavit to the Council of Safety at Savanna & to Mr.
Galphin, no doubt you have made Andrew Williamson fully acquainted with the Contents of both but to guard against the contrary as possibly you may in your hurry have omitted to take Copies we Send one of each under this Cover these will do no harm even if they Should prove Superfluous_
We have Resolved to equip three Schooners to be mounted with two Nine pounders each, for defence of this Harbour & have named Commissioners for the purpose_ Captains Blake Lempriere & Tucker_[7
] We have also Ordered the Militia throughout the Colony to be held in readiness as in time of Alarm & you will herewith receive 4 Copies of our Declaration[8
] on that head which we desire you will distribute to Collo.
Fletchal & Collo.
Neyle_ We Shall now Send one to Collo.
We Shall wait with anxiety for further intelligence from you in the mean time be assured of our continued good wishes for your Success._
By order of the Council of Safety
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 13 January 2018]