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Letter from Benjamin Lincoln to Richard Caswell
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
December 22, 1778
Volume 13, Page 332

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[From Executive Letter Book.]

Head Quarters, Charleston, Decr. 22d, 1778.

Dear Sir:

I have the honor to enclose the Copy of a deposition, rec'd from Gov. Houston and Extracts of Letters from Lord Stirling. The latter in some measure shows the credibility of the former, and we have in confirmation of both this fact, viz, more than forty ships passed this place yesterday sailing Southerly, all pointing to a probability that the enemy will attempt Georgia. I hope, Sir, the Troops from your State are nigh, but lest they may have been halted, on an idea that all was safe, I have sent to Genl. Ashe to urge them on as fast as possible, and now request if they have not left the State, that your Excellency would order them forward. By a number of resolves received last night, Congress have planned an expedition against East Florida, and in case the enemy have no hostile intentions against these States, we may need the Continental nine months men for that service, and perhaps may enlist some Militia for the expedition; if they cannot be enlisted they may serve as a cover to this Country while others go forward. I have the honor to be, Dr. Sir,

Your Excellency's mo. obd. Servt.,