The Papers of Henry Laurens


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William Thomson to Henry Laurens

Sir

Since I wrote You from Camp Amelia the 2d Instant,[1] I received Your favor of the 31st. Ultimo, which gives me great satisfaction._ You may depend that I will as soon as possible exert myself in following Your Orders for raising Volunteer Companies & inform You of my progress therein_
I find it impossible at present on account of our Marching, to make a proper Return of my whole Regiment, but will endeavour to do it, as soon as I meet The Hon¯ble Mr. Drayton_ I had issued Orders, previous to the receipt of Your Letter, for all Returns to be dated and Signed by the Commanding Officer of each Company; but the omission in Capt. Wise's was owing to his not[Page 371] being present at the time it was given in_ nor did he join the Regiment before Yesterday; his reason for not joining before, he says, is owing to orders he received from the Hon¯ble the Council of Safety_[2]
You may rest assured that I will, to the best of my abilities, follow Your own and The Hon¯ble Mr. Drayton's Instructions, and will give him all the Military aid in my power, whenever he shall think proper to demand it_ I shall carefully review all Your former Instructions & give such Orders with regard to the Post of Fort Charlotte & for the safety of our associated Friends at Augusta, as I may think the most prudent at this alarming time_
I am extremely obliged to You, for consenting to my leaving the Camp as I requested, which I shall do, when I can with propriety do it, but at present I have not the least thoughts of it_
The re-appointment of Capt. Ezekiel Polk, I hope will be attended with every good consequence & that he will endeavour to gain Credit by his future behaviour_ inclosed You will receive a Copy of his Letter to me which I just received, but shall not make any reply thereto before I see Mr. Drayton_
Yesterday about noon when the several Companies were getting ready to proceed on their march for the Ridge, We received an Express from Capt. Parris[3] informing us that a Captain Hendrick[4] and several others belonging to Colo. Fletchall's Regiment, Stopped him [torn] Cherokee Indians from coming down here, at about ten Miles distance [torn] this & hoped that we would come to their assistance_ The Companies were [immedi]ately Ordered to go and rescue them & to take Hendrick & his associates Priso[ner]s_ I arrived there just before night and took Capt. Hendrick; but the othe[rs] escaped soon after he was taken and before any of the Companies came up to the house they were in,_ I ordered the Prisoner, under a Guard to the Camp where he is now in confinement_ Capt. Parris with the Indians came along with us then
This Morning I had a Talk with these Indians and informed[Page 372] them, that Mr. Drayton had desired m[e] to conduct them to the Ridge, as he expected I would see them before he did; they said that they were tired a Marching & would rather remain here untill Mr. Drayton came to them_ They gave me the Talk from the Nation and desired me to send it to him directly, which I have done_
I purpose Marching to Morrow Morning early for the Ridge where I expect to be with the Companies on Friday Evening_ I should have done it to day had not our horses been fatigued Yesterday_ We did not return to Camp before one OClock this Morning_

I remain with great Esteem
Sir Your most obedt: hum Servt:

Wm. Thomson

LS, VHi; addressed below close "The Honble Henry Laurens_"; dated "Camp at the Congarees 6th. [Se]ptember 1775."; docketed "Collo. Thomson 6 Sept / 1775. Recd. 12 & Read / in Council 13th.''; numbered "20-1".
[1.] William Thomson to HL, Sept. 2, 1775, HL Papers, ScHi.
[2.] HL to William Thomson, Aug. 31, 1775, HL Papers, ScHi.
[3.] Richard Pearis.
[4.] William Hendricks (Hendrick, Hendrix) of Ninety Six District was a captain in Major Patrick Cunningham's Regiment, Little River Militia, Ninety Six Brigade in 1780. Clark, Loyalists in the Southern Campaign, p. 259.