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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Henry Clinton to Charles Cornwallis, Marquis Cornwallis [Extract]
Clinton, Henry, Sir, 1738?-1795
May 20, 1780
Volume 15, Page 244


Charles-town, May 20, 1780.


Every jealousy has been and will be given on my part, as a blind to our real intentions.

And now, my Lord, having entered into everything that occurs to me as necessary to be thought on at present, I heartily wish success to your important move. I cannot doubt of your having it, for as much as I agree with you that success at Charleston, unless followed in the back country, will be of little avail, so much I am persuaded that, by taking that place in the advantageous manner we have done it, insures the reduction of this and the next province, if the temper of our friends in those districts is such as it has always been represented to us.