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Letter from William Hooper to Abner Nash
Hooper, William, 1742-1790
June 07, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 843-844


Masonboro, June 7th, 1780.

Dear Governor:

I take this favourable opportunity by Mr. Iredell to return you my very sincere thanks for your benevolent and polite attention to my application for the use of your house for my fugitive family. Circumstances now point out the necessity of retiring further northward, & my views at present are directed to Edenton or Halifax. I cannot therefore any longer suffer you to hold your house unoccupied, when perhaps some person who may think differently from me of the enemies' intentions may be inclined to occupy it Whatever inconvenience I may have exposed you to by thus availing myself of your intentions I consider as a debt I owe, & which I will repay in any manner & to what amount you think proper. I had yesterday a sight of a letter from Col. Lawrence to a Mr. Williamson, of this town. Eager to catch at any thing which may tend to weaken the efforts of the Enemy in this quarter, I have swallowed it all with implicit credulity, & wait impatiently for particulars. I think there can be no reasonable doubt that Cornwallis is advancing with considerable force—Report says in two Columns, one of which points at Camden, the other more immediately at Cross Creek. A Letter to Col. Washington from Col. White mentions that our little handful of men are retiring before them, & look forward, as far westward as Hillsboro, for a first permanent stand. This part of the country, if it held forth anything but want and barrenness would be a mark for them and an easy bloodless

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conquest. There is a lethargy about us in this place that to me is unaccountable. The inhabitants act as if in a state of perfect security, making no preparations for resistance or retiring. I fear that the general Clemency which has marked General Clinton's success may have a prevailing influence with weak minds and injure the cause more than exemplary severity. The South Carolinians have very much to answer for. If amidst the multiplicity of your very important concerns, you could spare time to drop me a line now & then, I should esteem it a particular favour. I beg to be remembered with my best respects to your Lady. Mrs. Hooper joins me to you & her.

I am, Dear Sir,
With great truth and regard,
Your Excellency's most obedt. Servt.,

P. S. Mr. Iredell will inform your Excellency of the disagreeable intelligence which Major Butler brings.