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Letter from Patrick Henry to Richard Caswell
Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799
August 26, 1777
Volume 11, Page 594

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Wmsburgh, Aug't. 26th, 1777.


Yours to the Lieut. Governor I have had the pleasure to see this day. My conjecture is that the enemy intend to form lines of communication from the waters of Chesapeak to those of Delaware. For this purpose they will go to the head of the Bay, and so attempt to make a conquest of that great peninsular form'd by the ocean and the Bay. At first view this looks as if all the people there would be in a pound, and the enemy will try to propagate this notion. But on reflection it will be found practicable to throw Troops on the Eastern shore, and these may harass the rear, while Gen'l. Washington will press the front. I am preparing to give some succour to our two Counties there, whose inhabitants suffer by depredations on their Negroes, Stock, &c., &c. Burgoyne, as it is natural to expect, makes an irruption into New York, and I doubt is about Albany ere now. This I think is meant to divert from the main object, which I take to be Howe's pushing for Philadelphia. From yr character, Sir, and the gen'l disposition of yr State, I've no doubt of your exertion and active assistance, if 'tis wanted. In case the enemy fail in the chief design, I expect a hostile visit, on their return, here. Should this State be pressed, I shall make bold to ask that assistance that the exigence may possibly require, from you.

You probably may not soon hear from me, unless some new incident arises.

With great esteem I have the honor to be,
Sir, Your Excellency's most ob't & very humble Serv't.,