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Letter from Benjamin Lincoln to Samuel Huntington
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
March 04, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 798-799

[Letters of Genls. Lee, Lincoln and Moultrie, No. 158, p. 339.]

Chas. Town, March 4th, 1780.


I did myself ye honor to address your Excellency on the 29th ultimo by Colonel Walton. Lest he should be detained on the road, knowing how anxious Congress will be to learn our situation, I have enclosed a duplicate of that letter.

The enemy remain on James Island, and have made no Considerable movement since. The drawing their force, and bringing their Gallies and armed vessels of small draughts of water to the mouth of Wappoo, where they are collecting their boats, indicate their intentions to attempt this Town in boats.

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General Hogun's arrival last night gives great spirits to the Town and confidence to the Army.

I have the honor to be,
With the highest esteem,
Your Excellency's most obed. Sert.,
His Excellency,
Samuel Huntington, Esq.,
Presdt. of Congress.

P. S. A vessel some few days since was procured for Col. Laurens, in which he meant to take passage to Hispaniola, thence to Europe; but since there has been so large a naval force off this harbour he has been persuaded to quit the idea and sail from No. Carolina directly for France.

B. L.


Letter from Gen. Lincoln,

March 4th, 1780.

Rec d April 11.