The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

From Colonel Archibald Cary,[1]

Col. Edward Carrington, the bearer, will give NG a "Full Acct of the Present Invasion" ; illness prevented Cary from taking up his "Muskit."[2] The Assembly is to meet on 1 March, and Cary hopes it will make "Every Exertion." In responding to Major Morris's "obligeing Favour," Cary sent his "respectfull Complyments" to NG and an account of what the "Assembly were doing in the Military Department."[3] Was glad to hear that NG was well when Colonel Ball left him; wishes Ball, in "Truth," could have offered "a better Acct" of the Southern Army's strength and condition.[4] Commends Carrington as an "Active and Diligent officer"; Cary will be obliged for "Any Favours" NG may do for Carrington.
Autograph letter signed (MiU-C) 2 pp.
    [1.] NG had met Cary, a militia officer, in Virginia the previous fall. (PGNG, 6: 488, 489n)
    [2.] Carrington had reported on the British invasion in letters to NG beginning 5 January (PGNG, 7: 52-53); on Carrington's joining the Southern Army, see Carrington to NG, 28 January (PGNG, 7: 209-210). The invaders had destroyed mills that Cary owned in Chesterfield County. (DAB)
    [3.] Neither the letter from Lewis Morris, NG's aide, nor the one to him has been found.
    [4.] Col. Burgess Ball, a recently paroled Virginia Continental officer, must have stopped at NG's camp on his way home from Charleston, S.C. (See Charles Scott to Thomas Jefferson, December 1780, Boyd, Jefferson Papers, 4: 278.)