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Letter from Otho Holland Williams to Horatio Gates
Williams, Otho Holland, 1747-1790
November 11, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 734-735


Salisbury, 11th Novr., 1780, 10 o'Clock.

Dear Genl.:

Your Letter of Yesterday's date was delivered to me this Morning, by which I may expect you, with the Cavalry, in Town to Night. Every measure that so short Notice will admit of being taken shall be exerted to procure Provisions and Forage, of which there is none in Store.

I have hopes of being supplied with Hay & Sheaf Oats for the Horses, and Corn for the Troops, but not in large quantities, and the latter not ground.

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We have between 30 and 40 Sick in Camp. There is no Hospital here, nor Surgeon to take charge of them, unless we Leave a Regimental Surgeon, which may as well be done, as they have no Instruments nor other Article materially necessary in case of an Action.

Our number of Horses are diminish'd; some died on the March; others, too feeble for the draught, were left on the Route, and some have stray'd. The Horses with which the Artillery was furnish'd are not proper for that duty, and the Harness in general is very bad.

Several of our Waggons want Repairs; and in this situation I have anxiously expected the arrival of the D. Q. Mr. Gl., the D. F. Mr. Gl. and the D. Waggons Mr. Genl., whose presence is most essentially necessary to the Execution of your orders, Recd. to Day.

I have been too unwell to Leave my Quarters since I arrived at this port, but no practicable measures shall be omitted to procure the Necessary supplies, as well for the Troops coming with you as for the Brigade under my Command.

I am, with Esteem & Respect,
Yr. Mo. Obt. Servt.,