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Letter from Henry Dixon to Nicholas Long
Dixon, Henry, ca. 1750-1782
July 17, 1781
Volume 15, Page 542

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Frehock's Mill, July 17th, 1781.

Dr. Sir:

I received last night a letter from Marquis Lafayette, who informs me that the enemy has evacuated Williamsburg and marched to Jamestown where they design to embark. Part of their troops will go to New York, and the rest 'tis said are to garrison Portsmouth; but from their number of cavalry he rather imagines will push to the Southward. It is therefore of the highest importance that General Greene's orders be immediately carried into execution relating to the Removal of the Stores to the Moravian Town, and that all valuable Horses, Beef Cattle, &c., &c, be moved from the road leading from Jamestown on James River to Campbelton on Cape Fear, also on the road leading to Harrisburg, Salisbury, &c. I have wrote to Governor Burke, informing him of this order and should he not approve of its being executed he will inform you so immediately.

I am Sir your most obedient Humble Servant,