The Papers of Henry Laurens

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Council of Safety to Isaac Motte


We have already written to you this Evening to which we refer observing that instead of 150. mentioned in our Letter the reinforcement is to be 250 Rank & File_[1]
Lieutt. Walter has just delivered us your Letter of this date 1/2 past 6 oClock_ in consequence of which we have hastened Capt Cochran,[2] & applied to Collo. Moultrie, to embark the intended reinforcement together with provisions & other necessary articles as Speedily as possible & we flatter our Selves with hopes that the whole will reach you before Midnight & that you will be able to Mount Some of the heaviest Cannon before Daylight_ We have Such confidence in you as to leave us no room to doubt your making a brave defence in case of an attack, & we are persuaded that you will do every thing that prudence will warrant to repel any force which may be brought against you.[3]
We refer to Collo. Moultries more particular direction & heartily wish you Success.

By order of the Council of Safety

Copy, HL Papers, ScHi; addressed below close "Collo. Motte"; dated below close "Charles Town / 15. Septem. 1775_ / Friday Night 9 oClock P."; docketed by HL "2d. Answer to Collo. Motte / 15 Septem˜ 1775.".
[1.] William Moultrie claimed that the Council of Safety "was so fearful of the Tamer sloop of war . . . attacking the fort, that they gave me orders to send down two hundred and fifty men, as a reinforcement to Col. Motte." Moultrie, Memoirs, I, 88-89.
[2.] Capt. Robert Cochran (ca. 1735-1824), a Massachusetts native, established a shipyard on Charleston Neck about 1763. At this time he served as South Carolina's powder receiver and ordnance storekeeper. South Carolina Historical Magazine, XIX (1918), 28-29; LV (1954), 51; Journals of S.C. Provincial Congress, pp. 58, 108, 186, 190.
[3.] Another version of this letter in Peter Timothy's hand contained only this sentence. HL Papers, ScHi.