Letter from Francis Barber to William Alexander [Lord Stirling]

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    [Francis Barber to William Alexander [Lord Stirling] October 9, 1778 [RvW Box 1 Folder 13; MSS. – A.L.S.]] My Lord Elis:atown Octr. [October] 9th :1778 When Colo: Dayton received Orders to march for second-river, I was, unhappily, under the necessity of remaining in town, on account of my wound, which continues to discharge small pieces of Rib - I collected a number a number of straglers [sic] and Invalids of the Bri- gade and a few militia of the town; with these I have kept guard from day to day. I was induced to this from a desire to lessen the Fears of the good people of the place as also to alarm the Country should the Enemy com mence an Expedition against this Quarter where I think there remains so capital an Object. Your Lordship may be assured there are twelve hundred Tuns [sic] of Hay belonging to the Continent within eight or nine miles of these shores, besides the Country abounding in that and other Articles worthy the Enemy's Attention [End Page 1] The Inhabitants of this place desire me to re- present these Facts, immagining [sic] that perhaps you may not be acquainted with the Value of the public stores in [and] near the town Should your Lordship think proper to order the two Regiments at Second River back to Elisa:town, it will make a great many peo ple happy who have enjoyed no comfort since the Troops marched I hope this Letter will find you in good health; and I assure you, I wish for no- thing than to be able once more to present my services to your Lordship I am, My Lord, your most obedien[t] and very humble Servt [Servant] F [Francis] Barber Lord Stirling [Endorsed: sideways in margin] from Colonel Barber Octobr: 9: 1778 to Lord Stearling [Stirling] [End Page 2]
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    [Francis Barber to William Alexander [Lord Stirling] October 9, 1778 [RvW Box 1 Folder 13; MSS. – A.L.S.]] My Lord Elis:atown Octr. [October] 9th :1778 When Colo: Dayton received Orders to march for second-river, I was, unhappily, under the necessity of remaining in town, on account of my wound, which continues to discharge small pieces of Rib - I collected a number a number of straglers [sic] and Invalids of the Bri- gade and a few militia of the town; with these I have kept guard from day to day. I was induced to this from a desire to lessen the Fears of the good people of the place as also to alarm the Country should the Enemy com mence an Expedition against this Quarter where I think there remains so capital an Object. Your Lordship may be assured there are twelve hundred Tuns [sic] of Hay belonging to the Continent within eight or nine miles of these shores, besides the Country abounding in that and other Articles worthy the Enemy's Attention [End Page 1] The Inhabitants of this place desire me to re- present these Facts, immagining [sic] that perhaps you may not be acquainted with the Value of the public stores in [and] near the town Should your Lordship think proper to order the two Regiments at Second River back to Elisa:town, it will make a great many peo ple happy who have enjoyed no comfort since the Troops marched I hope this Letter will find you in good health; and I assure you, I wish for no- thing than to be able once more to present my services to your Lordship I am, My Lord, your most obedien[t] and very humble Servt [Servant] F [Francis] Barber Lord Stirling [Endorsed: sideways in margin] from Colonel Barber Octobr: 9: 1778 to Lord Stearling [Stirling] [End Page 2]
Title:
Letter from Francis Barber to William Alexander [Lord Stirling]
Creator:
Barber, Francis, 1750-1783
Date:
1778-10-09
Description:
Letter from Francis Barber to William Alexander [Lord Stirling] regarding his reluctance to be kept from the fray by an injury and to express upon Lord Stirling the necessity of additional troops to safeguard the stores near Elizabethtown.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Barber, Francis, 1750-1783, Alexander, William, 1726-1783--Correspondence, Alexander, William, 1726-1783
Topical Subject:
War, armed forces, and society
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--American forces, Santee (S.C.)
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
600 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL, Archival Masters are tiffs.
Copyright Status Statement:
Public domain.
Access Information:
For more information contact The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403.