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Letter from Richard Dobbs Spaight to Abner Nash
Spaight, Richard Dobbs, 1758-1802
July 31, 1780
Volume 15, Pages 9-10


Camp Ancrums' Plantation, S. Carolina,
4 Miles above the Cheraws, July 31st, 1780.

To His Excellency Governor Nash.
Dear Sir:

I rec'd your favour of the 16th Inst.; Am very happy to hear that my Crop is in the order you mentioned as by letters rec'd some time ago from Mr. Hawks I expected it was indifferent.

We arrived here last Night after many disagreeable and fatiguing marches, having gone so far up the Country as to cross the Yadkin at Moore's Ferry. The Enemy, Immediately upon hearing of the surprise at Colston's, left Anson Court House, & the main Body Decamped from the Cheraws on 23 Inst. Their coming into this part of the Country has been of great service, for tho' numbers went off with them, yet those that remained, having Experienced the Cruelties of the British, are now willing to fight. A Capt. Thomas, with 25 Militia (all of them having taken the oath of Allegience) under his Command, marched down to a narrow part of the River and took a boat going to Georgetown with most of the plunder & 102 of the 71st Regiment, part of them sick. It is reported here that the Enemy have left Camden, but no Certainty of it. Their nearest party to us are about 500 on Linche's Creek; what their intentions may be I can't say, but Imagine when we form a Junction with the Maryland Line &

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proceed to the Southward they will retire to Charles Town. My Compliments to Mrs. Nash and Mr. & Mrs. Ellis.

I am, Dear Sir, with Respect,
Your obedt. humble Servt.,