Enclosed are letters, that were brought Express to our Camp, at Orangeburg, accompanied with one from his Excellency, John Rutledge, Esq. (and copies of letters from Generals Lincoln and Ashe) which will inform you of the reasons for my being sent here. I am very sorry your departure from hence sooner than expected prevented me the honor of delivering the enclosed in person, and complying with my further instructions. I have communicated to Genl. Butler my orders regulating his march, which he is pleased readily to comply with.
Gov. Rutledge would be glad of being informed what assistance is to be expected from Virginia, and begs you will give him the most speedy and accurate intelligence, on this head, in your power, in order to regulate our plan of operations with the greater certainty.