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Since I wrote you this evening[1
] I've examined the three Sailors that I acquainted you I suspected were from the Packet & that the Liquors they had was intended for the Man of War_ It seems the Liquor was for themselves and Comrades & that they bot:
it from one Jones in Elliot Street[2
] and who supply'd them with the Boat & Hands
] & Pat: Murray, I cou'd get nothing material from, only that they had refused to go on board of the Man of War, when they were asked by the Capt.
of the Cherokee
] & Capt.
Clarke of the Pensacola
] both of whom went on board of their Packet & pressed the rest of their hands_ as they were very unwilling to go they were damned for Rascals & wod:
not have them_ that the Man of War had weigh'd twice to Attack the Fort, but the Wind failing them, was[6
] oblig'd to drop thoughts of it
] declares that Capt.
Clarke sayed when he came on board of their Packet_ "What, are you
fighting for the King, You Dogs_["] the Americans are in Rebellion_ that he took 10 of their Men and returnd again
with the Governor's Secretary
22 Men to press them, they still being unwilling, were severally abused and not brot:
out of the Swallow
Packet_ He also says that the Man of War's People are clearing away the Woods that we may not be sheltered from their Shot, if we shod.
attack them from that Quarter_ that they intend to throw up an Entrenchmt.
on the point of the Island,
as they are much afraid we shod:
get possession of it_ that they are clearing away the Woods for that purpose_ the Encampment on the other Shore alarmed them very much, thinking the Troops
from thence will attack them from the Island_ that they expect 3 Men of War and Bomb Ketch shortly_ that they are first to attack the Fort & then to proceed to burn the Town_ That the Capt.
of the Cherokee
Copeland by the Nose & wrung it, calling he a Bouger because he wou'd not consent to come to Attack the Fort_ that the Govr.
had wrote a Letter to their Capt.
desiring he wou'd persuade his Crew to come on bod.
of the Man of War & that they wou'd be well rewarded_ this Letter was delivered by Capt.
Clarke and the Secretary_ the former when he found it had not the desired effect, pressed all their hands, but themselves
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further that Capt.
Clarke & the Governor's Secretary were the most forward for Attacking the Fort_ Capt.
Thornborough was very much against making the Attack_ this is the substance of the examination_ I have discharged the Boat & Negroes, but have secured the Liquor & the Sailors, & wait your further Orders_
'Tis beyond a doubt we shall be attacked ere long I hope you'll put it in my power to make a proper defence_ some additions to the Works are absolutely necessary and give me leave to assure you that we have few Arms and no Accoutrements to be depended _ You may rest assured, I shall do everything in my power to defend the Fort as long as possible._
I must trouble you to lay this Letter before the Council of Safety and beg you'll let me know what I am to do with the 3 Men._
I am, with great esteem, Sir,
Your most Obedt: hb¯le Servt.
Isaac Motte, Lt. Coll.
2d: So. Carolina Regt.
I hope you'll excuse the incorrectness of this, as 'tis wrote in a great hurry.
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 7 January 2018]