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Letter from William Phillips to Henry Clinton [Extract]
Phillips, William, 1731?-1781
April 03, 1781
Volume 17, Page 1010

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EXTRACT—MAJOR GENERAL PHILLIPS TO SIR HENRY CLINTON, K. B., DATED PORTSMOUTH, APRIL 3, 1781.

I apprehend from various rebel accounts that Lord Cornwallis, although he kept the field, has suffered very much after the action of the 15th ulto. He is said to be fortifying to the west of the Haw river, near Guilford, which seems a good position, having that river in front of the communication quite down to Cross Creek and Cape Fear.

Should his Lordship want support, he must in course draw it from Charlestown to Cape Fear river by directing Lord Rawdon to abandon the frontier, and keep only a garrison in Charlestown.

PHILLIPS.