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Letter from Henry William Harrington to Horatio Gates
Harrington, Henry William, 1747-1809
October 06, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 673-674


Camp near Cross Creek,
Friday, 6th October, 1780.

Dear Sir:

I received your favor of the 1st Instant on Wednesday night, in Camp at McAffee's, 34 miles from this Place, towards Peedee. I sent orders, in obedieuce to your Commands, early the next morning to Colonels Taylor, Kenan & Brown to join me at this Post immediately. I arrived here this day at 3 P. M., with the small Brigade under my command. Colo. Taylor, with 74 Horse, the

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Officers included, arrived here this evening armed with Muskets & Rifles. He has about 20 sick, not yet come up, and one Troop now on the South-side of Peedee with Colo. Wade, in pursuit of the fugitive Tories. Colo. Taylor tells me both British & Tories have left the Long Bluff and gone for Cambden with such precipitation that they left many Negroes & Stock behind them; but of this, Sir, I will send you a more particular account when I hear again from Colo. Wade. I have certain account that Colo. Kenan, with 55 Light horse, equipt with swords and some few Pistols, will join me by tomorrow evening. Colo. Brown's 200 are, I believe, volunteers for a month only; they cannot, therefore, be of much service; but upon the whole we cannot, when joined by Kenan, & not to mention Brown, be called more than 450 fit for duty, Officers included; with these, Sir, and with any more that may join us, I shall endeavour to be ready to march the moment I receive Orders.

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