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Letter from Edward Carrington to Horatio Gates
Carrington, Edward, 1749-1810
October 22, 1780
Volume 14, Page 706

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Richmond, October 22d, 1780.

Dr. General:

The Governor is writing you by this Express, & will give you the Necessary information as to the Enemies' arrival in Chesapeake Bay. We learn that a part of them are landed at Kemp's Landing, & have got possession of a Number of Beaves, which had been collected in Princes Ann County for the Southern Army. I have been endeavouring to make out about 30 Horses to send you for your Artillery, which I have this day a probability of effecting. Should I succeed, they will be sent off in a day or two. I had no orders on this Head from you, but I am acquainted with your Situation, & observing a tolerable opportunity have embraced this opportunity of getting the Horses. I would not tell you you may absolutely depend on them, but I think I shall not fail in getting them. As soon as I have got them off I shall lose no time in returning to Taylor's Ferry. About 250 Stand of Arms, & 500 & upwards of setts of Accoutrements, have by this time Arrived at Taylor's Ferry, with orders for Majr. Anderson to send them forwards immediately.

I have the Honor to be,
With much Esteem, Yr. Mo. Obt.

P. S. It is said the Enemy have 50,000 Troops destined for Virginia.