The Papers of General Nathanael Greene


From Colonel Archibald Cary

Honorable Sir

I shall refer you to the Bearer Col: Edward Carrington, for a Full Acct of the Present Invasion; a Severe Spell of Sickness, under which I labourd for Nigh a Fortnight before their Arrivl Prevented my Takeing my Muskit, and being in so low a State I moved from Home[,] Patriarch like with my Flocks and Herds, nor was I Able to return being Confined to the House till 10 days Agon.
I Acknowledged the rect of Majr Morrisses obligeing Favour, and requested my respectfull Complyments to you Sir. I Gave him an Acct of what the Assembly were doing in the Military Department, and Expect as it went by Express it Got Safe to hand.
Our Assembly is Calld to the First of March, when I hope Every Exertion will be made which this State is Capable of.
I had the Pleasure of hearing by Col: Ball, last Week that he left you well. Happy Should I have been Could Truth have allowed him, to have Given a better Acct of the Strength under your Command, and of the Condition of the Troops. I hope Sone for that Pleasure, pray God it may be in time.
Col: Carrington is of a respectable Famaly in this State Every [one] of which are Active and Spirited In the present Contest. Himself Turnd out on the First of our Takeing Arms, by his Merit has Gaind The Charector of an Active and Diligent officer. Any Favours he may be so Happy to receive from You will lay me Under an obligation and assure Your Self I should not aske this favour but from a Certainty that his Merit on your being Acquainted with him, will Command your Esteem.
I beg Sir you will Present my Complyments to the Gentlemen of your Famaly with whom I have the Honor of being Acquainted, Particularly to Majr Morris for his Attention to me. Beleive me Sir with the Highest Esteem,

Your Most obedt Hble Servt

Archibald Cary

[P.S.]
P.S. Mrs Cary and my Daughters present their Complyments to Genl Green and his Famaly, and if their preyers are heard Success will attend him.
Autograph letter signed (MiU-C) 2 pp.