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Letter from Mordecai Gist to Horatio Gates
Gist, Mordecai, 1742-1792
October 26, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 710-711

GEN. M. GIST TO MAJ, GENL. GATES.

Baltimore, 26 Octr., 1780.

Dear General:

On my arrival here Colo. Hall informed me that he had just made you acquainted with the situation and number of Recruits raised in this State, since which no alteration has taken place. Our Assembly made a House Yesterday, and I make no doubt will immediately proceed to adopt some plan to fill my thin quota of Troops. I shall give my constant attendance, and will make you acquainted with such occurences as may serve to assist you in extending or contracting your prospects.

Captain Beatty march'd from Annapolis the 22d Instant with 75 Rank & file as part of our quota, and was followed the Next

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day by Colo. A. S. Smith with the State Regiment. Total, 235. The Residue of this Corps are Sick in Hospital, except those who Deserted, which number is not very inconsiderable.

We have just received Advice from Philadelphia that an Embarkation of 3,500 Infantry & a Troop of Horse, under the Command of General Leslie, had taken place at N. York and sailed a few days ago, suppos'd to be bound for N. Carolina.

Accept of my Gratulations on the Victory gained over the British Troops by the Militia in your quarter,

And believe me to be,
With perfect Respect & Esteem,
Yr. Mo. Obdt. Servant,
M. GIST.
The Honble. Major Genl. Gates.