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In answer to your letter of this day, I have only to say that I would not offer such an Affront to Your Judgment, as to give reasons for my Conduct, which I think must be obvious to You, and you may be Assured, that whilst I have the Honor of Commanding one of his Majesty's Ships. I am determined to have the Assistance of a Pilot, and every necessary Supply, by force, if I cannot obtain them in an Amicable way, which I shall ever prefer
I am Sir
Your most Humble
ALS, Gibbes Collection, ScA
; addressed on cover "To / Henry Laurens Esqr_
"; addressed below close "Henry Lawrence Esqr
"; dated "Tamer
Sloop Rebellion Road / So
Carolina 19th September 1775
"; docketed by HL "Edwd.
Thornbrough / 19 Septem¯ 1775 / Recd
at Midnight & / Read in Council of Safety / the 20th_
"; numbered "21-7".
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 9 January 2018]