The Papers of Henry Laurens


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Council of Safety to Isaac Motte

Sir._

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.