Letter from Henry Laurens to Benjamin Lincoln

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    [Henry Laurens to Benjamin Lincoln April 19, 1780 [RvW Box 1 Folder 28; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Wilmington 19th April 1780 My Dear General, I thank you for your favor of the 9th. [and] for the perusal of the dispatch which it inclosed I sealed that paper [and] sent it forward by Mr. Cannon for whom with much dif- -ficulty I obtained a Horse in Exchange for that which was seven days bringing him to this ground, the creature is scarcely worth six pence [and] the exchange is very little better – The Quarter Master Toomer assures me he has neither Horses nor Money to purchase any, had it been otherwise I should now have been at the Eastern shore of Chesepeake [sic] The Mariners belonging to the Vessel in which I was to have embarked have abandoned her, my hopes are now fixed on a very fine Vessel bound to Cadiz, I foresee no obstruc- -tion but Major Butler's consent that she should proceed immediately – this obtained I shall save much time [and] expence [sic] Mensr duportail comes to add one to the number of your Generals he will however be a real acquisition. I pray God to give you victory or open a door for an honorable retreat, I feel more for you than I can express be events as they may believe me to be with the most affec- -tionate regard Dear General Your obliged [and] obed t. Servt [obedient Servant] [P.S.] Henry Laurens. Paper almost exhausted [and] no supply to be had here. Majr. Gen [Major General] Lincoln. [End Page 1] [Endorsed:] Heny Laurens Apl 19, 1780 [Addressed:] The Honorable Benjan. [Benjamin] Lincoln Esquire Major General Commander of the forces in the Southern department Charles Town [seal] [End Page 2]
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    [Henry Laurens to Benjamin Lincoln April 19, 1780 [RvW Box 1 Folder 28; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Wilmington 19th April 1780 My Dear General, I thank you for your favor of the 9th. [and] for the perusal of the dispatch which it inclosed I sealed that paper [and] sent it forward by Mr. Cannon for whom with much dif- -ficulty I obtained a Horse in Exchange for that which was seven days bringing him to this ground, the creature is scarcely worth six pence [and] the exchange is very little better – The Quarter Master Toomer assures me he has neither Horses nor Money to purchase any, had it been otherwise I should now have been at the Eastern shore of Chesepeake [sic] The Mariners belonging to the Vessel in which I was to have embarked have abandoned her, my hopes are now fixed on a very fine Vessel bound to Cadiz, I foresee no obstruc- -tion but Major Butler's consent that she should proceed immediately – this obtained I shall save much time [and] expence [sic] Mensr duportail comes to add one to the number of your Generals he will however be a real acquisition. I pray God to give you victory or open a door for an honorable retreat, I feel more for you than I can express be events as they may believe me to be with the most affec- -tionate regard Dear General Your obliged [and] obed t. Servt [obedient Servant] [P.S.] Henry Laurens. Paper almost exhausted [and] no supply to be had here. Majr. Gen [Major General] Lincoln. [End Page 1] [Endorsed:] Heny Laurens Apl 19, 1780 [Addressed:] The Honorable Benjan. [Benjamin] Lincoln Esquire Major General Commander of the forces in the Southern department Charles Town [seal] [End Page 2]
Title:
Letter from Henry Laurens to Benjamin Lincoln
Creator:
Lee, Henry, 1756-1818
Date:
1780-04-19
Description:
Letter from Henry Laurens to Benjamin Lincoln regarding his travel plans to board a ship for Cadiz. He also reports that the horses are in deplorable condition and paper is running out.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Lee, Henry, 1756-1818--Correspondence, Lee, Henry, 1756-1818, Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810--Correspondence, Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Topical Subject:
War, armed forces, and society
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--American forces, Savannah River (Ga. and 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.