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Letter from George Sackville Germain, Viscount Sackville to Charles Cornwallis, Marquis Cornwallis
Sackville, George Germain, Viscount, 1716-1785
March 07, 1781
Volume 17, Page 991


Whitehall, 7th March, 1781.

Earl Cornwallis:

My Lord:

I have had the honor to receive and lay before the King your Lordship's Dispatch of the 18th of Dec'r from Wynnesborough, transmitting Copies of your own and Lord Rawdon's Letters to Sir Henry Clinton & Brig'r Gen'l Leslie, and His Majesty observed with Particular Satisfaction that you were in perfect Health when the former were written, and I beg leave to add my own Congratulations upon your Lordship's recovery.

The reason which you assign for calling Gen'l Leslie from Virginia are founded in Wisdom, and could not fail being approved by the King; and as I have had the pleasure to learn from Col. Balfour that Gen'l Leslie had joined you and you were in motion on the 11th of January, I make no doubt but your Lordship will by this time have had the honor to recover the Province of North Carolina to His Majesty; and am even sanguine enough to hope from your Lordship's distinguished Abilities and Zeal for the King's Service that the Recovery of a part of Virginia will crown your Successes before the Season becomes too intemperate for Land Operations, as Sir Henry Clinton has informed me that he has sent a force under Brigadier General Arnold to replace General Leslie's at Portsmouth and co operate with your Lordship.

I am, &c.,