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Letter from Henry Clinton to Charles Cornwallis, Marquis Cornwallis
Clinton, Henry, Sir, 1738?-1795
March 05, 1781
Volume 17, Pages 988-989


5 March, 1781.


I am sorry to say, my Lord, that I have the same reason to lament the want of safe Conveyances for my Dispatches, which your Lordship regrets in your Letter of the 6th January, having had several prepared for your Lordship ever since the beginning of that Month. And I am even now obliged to trust them by the precarious Conveyance of a Merchant Vessel, as I have in vain applied for a Ship of War for these two Months past for the purpose.

I request your Lordship's Forgivenness for the omission I was guilty of in not answering the Paragraph of your Letter of the 30th June, relative to Lieut. Governor Graham. As there are now no Refugees in Georgia, and of Course no occasion for such an Office as that to which he was appointed, and as he is now in full Possession of his Property, and does not seem to wish for a continuance of the Employment, it is very proper that it shou'd cease, and but reasonable that Mr. Graham shou'd be reimbursed the Sums he has advanced, as well as paid his Salary of 20/ per Day for himself and Clerk from the 3d of March to the Period he ceased to act.

It gives me great Pleasure to learn from your Lordship that the Army under your Command is now perfectly healthy and in good Order.

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Lord George Germain having informed me that as Major Ross was of opinion that many of the Prisoners in our Hands in Carolina might be induced to serve on board the King's Ships or in Privateers, or enlist in the Regiments serving in the West Indies, or go as Volunteers upon Expeditions in that Quarter, he had recommended to your Lordship to get rid of all you could in these several ways, or any other your Lordship should think fit to be adopted. It is unnecessary for me to add anything on that Subject, but to say that I leave them entirely to your Lordship's disposal.

I wish it had been possible to have procured the Horses for Gen'l Vaughan, as I fear the Troops may suffer from the drudgeries they were intended to perform.

I know not at present how it is possible, my Lord, to avoid the Expence of quartering the Troops at Charlestown, consistent with Terms of the Capitulation. But I will endeavor to find some means of doing it if it is practicable.

I am most exceedingly concerned, my Lord, at the very unfortunate affair of the 17th of January. From the account your Lordship gives me of it, I fear Morgan has been in very great Force; that our first line has been too impetuous, and that the Reserve was sustained too nearly and probably in too loose Order, and that the Enemy has moved against them in that critical Situation. I confess I dread the Consequences. But my hope is, as it ever will be, in your Lordship's Abilities and Exertions.

I shall always be happy in paying every Attention to your recommendations in filling up the Vacancies in the 33d Regiment, as I shall be constantly guided by your Lordship's Wishes with respect to the Promotions of your own Regiment. I have already had an Opportunity of fulfilling my Intentions respecting Col. Webster, but this is too unsafe a Conveyance to trust the Commission by.

I have, &c.,
Earl Cornwallis.