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Letter from Jacob Leonard to Henry Young
Leonard, Jacob
March 21, 1782
Volume 16, Page 553

LT. COL. J. LEONARD TO COL. HENRY YOUNG, IN WILMINGTON.

Town Creek, March 21st, 1782.

Dear Colon.:

I was inform’d yesterday by express from one Capt. Mooney, who is Collecting Cattle for the Army, that the South Tories threaten taken the Cattle from him in case he offered to drive them. He wrote to me for Amunition, as he is determined to Defend them. I am Sorry to inform you that it was out of my Power to give him any Supply of Amunition, & therefore have thought propper to inform you, & would be very Glad if it is in your power & that you would assist us with some. Capt. Mooney also informs me that their Troops threaten Coming & Plundering Wilmington. His informere lives with the Tories, & advised him to destroy all the Boats on Waccamaw River to prevent their Crossing. You may Depend they grow very bold. I wish you Would inform Genl. Lillington of the matter, as this County, being very weak, is greatly Exposed to them. They grow Stronger every Day by Deserters therein, & the sooner they are Suppressed the Better. I suppose they are upwards of 500 Strong, & keep a party Constantly imbodied & Spies out to give them intelligence of all our Movements; they have been over Repeatedly into this County, & Stole Horses, &c. So, Relying on you to get some Amunition,

I am your hbl. Servt.,
J. LEONARD, L. Cl.