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Since I wrote You from Camp Amelia the 2d Instant
] 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
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.
] 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:
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 8 January 2018]