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Letter from Henry William Harrington to Horatio Gates
Harrington, Henry William, 1747-1809
September 17, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 624-625


Camp near Cross Creek, 17 September, 1780.

Dear Sir:

The Party of the Enemy detached from Cambden for George Town passed through Indian Town, between Black River & Lynches Creek, last Sunday & crossed Peedee at Brittons ferry on Tuesday; they recrossed the River the same Evening, & plunder, burn & destroy every thing in their way. They are about 400, & are commanded

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by Major Weyms. Captain James of the Town Regiment fell in with the rear, took 3 or 4 Servants & Some Baggage, amongst the last an Orderly Book of a Capt. Lieut. Depeyster's, wherein was an Order for them to go to the Cheraws, as I am told by Col. Giles & others who have seen it, tho' one Gentleman says the Order was for 90 only, to be detached from Cambden to the Cheraws, but Imagine Colo. Marion sent a more particular account by the same conveyance, as he was near the Scene & saw the Book. Upon the whole, I am induced to believe they have retreated, or are about to retreat to the Sea Coast, and that Weyms's manoevers were only to secure the passage down Santee River.

I have the honour to be, Sir,
Your most humble and most obedt. Sert.,