Letter from William Bryan to [Governor Richard Caswell]

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    [William Bryan to [Governor Richard Caswell] July 27, 1777 [RvW Box 2 Folder 56; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Popular Spring 27th July 1777 - Sir I Recd. your favour [sic] of yesterday by Mr. Marckland Return you my Best thanks for your kind Congrat. ulations on my Recovery and Return Home as well as for the Information it Contains – Am truly Sorry that this state has so many people so Ignorant and easy to be Deceived but Hope your Excellency will take such measures as will put a stop to the growing Evill [sic] by a Vigorous Exertion of that power which the Constit - tion has Vested you with. There was a General Muster and a Draft in this County yest [struck through] Friday Last, I was in Town but so unwell I was not able to be in the field. So that I Can give Little acct. of the present Temper of the people, but believe they are will [well] disposed – I Left Baltimore the 11th Inst there was nothing new from the Camp or any other Quarter, Except an Acct. that the British Army all but a Gareson [sic] at New York had actuly [sic] Sailed. This Acct. Came So well authenticated that I believe it is not to be doubted. A Colo. [Colonel] Meade a Virginian who is Aid de Camp to Gen. l [General] Lincoln Left the Camp the 27th Ultimo, Informed as he passed through Virg.a Serval Gentlemen from whom I had the Acct. that the British Army after their Various manuvers in the Jerseys and their Crossing to Staten Island Imbarked on Bord Transports and had actuly falen [End Page 1] with Great part of their Heavy Artilery Gon[e] to Sea, [his Exprecion was, they fell down below the Hook] that various ware [were] the Conjectures with Reg.d to Hows [Howe's] destination Some Aprehended the[y] ment to Goe up the Delaware others to Bosten [sic] others that it was nothing more than a Feint and that he Intended to Return and goe up the No River it Is not Impossible but his destination maybe to the South Knowing us so to be in a Defenceless State, he may attack No [and] So. Carolina at one [and] the Same time, the disafected [sic] party Rising in arms in So many parts of that State at this season of the year when their Cropps are on Hand Rather Incourages me to think an attack is Intended to be maid Ther [sic] in this State of So. Carolina Altho I should Supppose the Season of the year wold discourage them from such an Expedition Should the Militia be drawn into actual Service, their operations will be greatly Retarded for want of Money to purchase many articles – and to Hyre others which is Nessessary to Equip the people in order for a march, the article of Gunflints will also be much Wanting in this Brigade, I shold also think it advisable that Some person be Emediatily Imployed to have a Quantitiy of lead Cast into Sisable Bullets [and] Buck shot, as it is proble the Call will be sudden I doe not at present Knowe who has the Custody of the Military Stores at Newbern or what Stores there there is at that place, in Case your Excellency shold be under the nescessity of Ordering Out the Militia [End Page 2] Hope you will be particular in the Orders [and] Assertain as Near as possible the Number you wold wish shold march from this dist.r that they may be properly proportioned to Each County, however I Expect Craven Dobbs [and] Pill [Pitt] must bear the Burthen. I am at present Very poorley with a Violent Cold I took on the Road, and Renued after I Got home by Washing myself in warm – Water, so that I am afraid I cannot be at the muster in Dobbs, if I shold find my Self amended so as to be able to Ride with Safety to my Self I will be up I am Sir your Excellency's Most Obed.t [Obedient] and Very Huml [Humble] Servant Wm [William] Bryan [P.S.] NB Your Letter to Capt. Caswell I put in the post office at Baltimore as I Cold not See him, I Herd from him by Mr. Salter who was Emediately from Camp at Philad.a he sayed he was very Well, I also brot a Letter for you which Mr. Salter brot from Philad.a I believe from Mr. Penn, that I Left with Mr. [Lengf?] Cox, as I Came down [and] Requested him to forward it WB [William Bryan] [End Page 3] [Endorsed:] Genl. [General] Bryan 27 July 77. [End Page 4]
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    [William Bryan to [Governor Richard Caswell] July 27, 1777 [RvW Box 2 Folder 56; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Popular Spring 27th July 1777 - Sir I Recd. your favour [sic] of yesterday by Mr. Marckland Return you my Best thanks for your kind Congrat. ulations on my Recovery and Return Home as well as for the Information it Contains – Am truly Sorry that this state has so many people so Ignorant and easy to be Deceived but Hope your Excellency will take such measures as will put a stop to the growing Evill [sic] by a Vigorous Exertion of that power which the Constit - tion has Vested you with. There was a General Muster and a Draft in this County yest [struck through] Friday Last, I was in Town but so unwell I was not able to be in the field. So that I Can give Little acct. of the present Temper of the people, but believe they are will [well] disposed – I Left Baltimore the 11th Inst there was nothing new from the Camp or any other Quarter, Except an Acct. that the British Army all but a Gareson [sic] at New York had actuly [sic] Sailed. This Acct. Came So well authenticated that I believe it is not to be doubted. A Colo. [Colonel] Meade a Virginian who is Aid de Camp to Gen. l [General] Lincoln Left the Camp the 27th Ultimo, Informed as he passed through Virg.a Serval Gentlemen from whom I had the Acct. that the British Army after their Various manuvers in the Jerseys and their Crossing to Staten Island Imbarked on Bord Transports and had actuly falen [End Page 1] with Great part of their Heavy Artilery Gon[e] to Sea, [his Exprecion was, they fell down below the Hook] that various ware [were] the Conjectures with Reg.d to Hows [Howe's] destination Some Aprehended the[y] ment to Goe up the Delaware others to Bosten [sic] others that it was nothing more than a Feint and that he Intended to Return and goe up the No River it Is not Impossible but his destination maybe to the South Knowing us so to be in a Defenceless State, he may attack No [and] So. Carolina at one [and] the Same time, the disafected [sic] party Rising in arms in So many parts of that State at this season of the year when their Cropps are on Hand Rather Incourages me to think an attack is Intended to be maid Ther [sic] in this State of So. Carolina Altho I should Supppose the Season of the year wold discourage them from such an Expedition Should the Militia be drawn into actual Service, their operations will be greatly Retarded for want of Money to purchase many articles – and to Hyre others which is Nessessary to Equip the people in order for a march, the article of Gunflints will also be much Wanting in this Brigade, I shold also think it advisable that Some person be Emediatily Imployed to have a Quantitiy of lead Cast into Sisable Bullets [and] Buck shot, as it is proble the Call will be sudden I doe not at present Knowe who has the Custody of the Military Stores at Newbern or what Stores there there is at that place, in Case your Excellency shold be under the nescessity of Ordering Out the Militia [End Page 2] Hope you will be particular in the Orders [and] Assertain as Near as possible the Number you wold wish shold march from this dist.r that they may be properly proportioned to Each County, however I Expect Craven Dobbs [and] Pill [Pitt] must bear the Burthen. I am at present Very poorley with a Violent Cold I took on the Road, and Renued after I Got home by Washing myself in warm – Water, so that I am afraid I cannot be at the muster in Dobbs, if I shold find my Self amended so as to be able to Ride with Safety to my Self I will be up I am Sir your Excellency's Most Obed.t [Obedient] and Very Huml [Humble] Servant Wm [William] Bryan [P.S.] NB Your Letter to Capt. Caswell I put in the post office at Baltimore as I Cold not See him, I Herd from him by Mr. Salter who was Emediately from Camp at Philad.a he sayed he was very Well, I also brot a Letter for you which Mr. Salter brot from Philad.a I believe from Mr. Penn, that I Left with Mr. [Lengf?] Cox, as I Came down [and] Requested him to forward it WB [William Bryan] [End Page 3] [Endorsed:] Genl. [General] Bryan 27 July 77. [End Page 4]
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    [William Bryan to [Governor Richard Caswell] July 27, 1777 [RvW Box 2 Folder 56; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Popular Spring 27th July 1777 - Sir I Recd. your favour [sic] of yesterday by Mr. Marckland Return you my Best thanks for your kind Congrat. ulations on my Recovery and Return Home as well as for the Information it Contains – Am truly Sorry that this state has so many people so Ignorant and easy to be Deceived but Hope your Excellency will take such measures as will put a stop to the growing Evill [sic] by a Vigorous Exertion of that power which the Constit - tion has Vested you with. There was a General Muster and a Draft in this County yest [struck through] Friday Last, I was in Town but so unwell I was not able to be in the field. So that I Can give Little acct. of the present Temper of the people, but believe they are will [well] disposed – I Left Baltimore the 11th Inst there was nothing new from the Camp or any other Quarter, Except an Acct. that the British Army all but a Gareson [sic] at New York had actuly [sic] Sailed. This Acct. Came So well authenticated that I believe it is not to be doubted. A Colo. [Colonel] Meade a Virginian who is Aid de Camp to Gen. l [General] Lincoln Left the Camp the 27th Ultimo, Informed as he passed through Virg.a Serval Gentlemen from whom I had the Acct. that the British Army after their Various manuvers in the Jerseys and their Crossing to Staten Island Imbarked on Bord Transports and had actuly falen [End Page 1] with Great part of their Heavy Artilery Gon[e] to Sea, [his Exprecion was, they fell down below the Hook] that various ware [were] the Conjectures with Reg.d to Hows [Howe's] destination Some Aprehended the[y] ment to Goe up the Delaware others to Bosten [sic] others that it was nothing more than a Feint and that he Intended to Return and goe up the No River it Is not Impossible but his destination maybe to the South Knowing us so to be in a Defenceless State, he may attack No [and] So. Carolina at one [and] the Same time, the disafected [sic] party Rising in arms in So many parts of that State at this season of the year when their Cropps are on Hand Rather Incourages me to think an attack is Intended to be maid Ther [sic] in this State of So. Carolina Altho I should Supppose the Season of the year wold discourage them from such an Expedition Should the Militia be drawn into actual Service, their operations will be greatly Retarded for want of Money to purchase many articles – and to Hyre others which is Nessessary to Equip the people in order for a march, the article of Gunflints will also be much Wanting in this Brigade, I shold also think it advisable that Some person be Emediatily Imployed to have a Quantitiy of lead Cast into Sisable Bullets [and] Buck shot, as it is proble the Call will be sudden I doe not at present Knowe who has the Custody of the Military Stores at Newbern or what Stores there there is at that place, in Case your Excellency shold be under the nescessity of Ordering Out the Militia [End Page 2] Hope you will be particular in the Orders [and] Assertain as Near as possible the Number you wold wish shold march from this dist.r that they may be properly proportioned to Each County, however I Expect Craven Dobbs [and] Pill [Pitt] must bear the Burthen. I am at present Very poorley with a Violent Cold I took on the Road, and Renued after I Got home by Washing myself in warm – Water, so that I am afraid I cannot be at the muster in Dobbs, if I shold find my Self amended so as to be able to Ride with Safety to my Self I will be up I am Sir your Excellency's Most Obed.t [Obedient] and Very Huml [Humble] Servant Wm [William] Bryan [P.S.] NB Your Letter to Capt. Caswell I put in the post office at Baltimore as I Cold not See him, I Herd from him by Mr. Salter who was Emediately from Camp at Philad.a he sayed he was very Well, I also brot a Letter for you which Mr. Salter brot from Philad.a I believe from Mr. Penn, that I Left with Mr. [Lengf?] Cox, as I Came down [and] Requested him to forward it WB [William Bryan] [End Page 3] [Endorsed:] Genl. [General] Bryan 27 July 77. [End Page 4]
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    [William Bryan to [Governor Richard Caswell] July 27, 1777 [RvW Box 2 Folder 56; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Popular Spring 27th July 1777 - Sir I Recd. your favour [sic] of yesterday by Mr. Marckland Return you my Best thanks for your kind Congrat. ulations on my Recovery and Return Home as well as for the Information it Contains – Am truly Sorry that this state has so many people so Ignorant and easy to be Deceived but Hope your Excellency will take such measures as will put a stop to the growing Evill [sic] by a Vigorous Exertion of that power which the Constit - tion has Vested you with. There was a General Muster and a Draft in this County yest [struck through] Friday Last, I was in Town but so unwell I was not able to be in the field. So that I Can give Little acct. of the present Temper of the people, but believe they are will [well] disposed – I Left Baltimore the 11th Inst there was nothing new from the Camp or any other Quarter, Except an Acct. that the British Army all but a Gareson [sic] at New York had actuly [sic] Sailed. This Acct. Came So well authenticated that I believe it is not to be doubted. A Colo. [Colonel] Meade a Virginian who is Aid de Camp to Gen. l [General] Lincoln Left the Camp the 27th Ultimo, Informed as he passed through Virg.a Serval Gentlemen from whom I had the Acct. that the British Army after their Various manuvers in the Jerseys and their Crossing to Staten Island Imbarked on Bord Transports and had actuly falen [End Page 1] with Great part of their Heavy Artilery Gon[e] to Sea, [his Exprecion was, they fell down below the Hook] that various ware [were] the Conjectures with Reg.d to Hows [Howe's] destination Some Aprehended the[y] ment to Goe up the Delaware others to Bosten [sic] others that it was nothing more than a Feint and that he Intended to Return and goe up the No River it Is not Impossible but his destination maybe to the South Knowing us so to be in a Defenceless State, he may attack No [and] So. Carolina at one [and] the Same time, the disafected [sic] party Rising in arms in So many parts of that State at this season of the year when their Cropps are on Hand Rather Incourages me to think an attack is Intended to be maid Ther [sic] in this State of So. Carolina Altho I should Supppose the Season of the year wold discourage them from such an Expedition Should the Militia be drawn into actual Service, their operations will be greatly Retarded for want of Money to purchase many articles – and to Hyre others which is Nessessary to Equip the people in order for a march, the article of Gunflints will also be much Wanting in this Brigade, I shold also think it advisable that Some person be Emediatily Imployed to have a Quantitiy of lead Cast into Sisable Bullets [and] Buck shot, as it is proble the Call will be sudden I doe not at present Knowe who has the Custody of the Military Stores at Newbern or what Stores there there is at that place, in Case your Excellency shold be under the nescessity of Ordering Out the Militia [End Page 2] Hope you will be particular in the Orders [and] Assertain as Near as possible the Number you wold wish shold march from this dist.r that they may be properly proportioned to Each County, however I Expect Craven Dobbs [and] Pill [Pitt] must bear the Burthen. I am at present Very poorley with a Violent Cold I took on the Road, and Renued after I Got home by Washing myself in warm – Water, so that I am afraid I cannot be at the muster in Dobbs, if I shold find my Self amended so as to be able to Ride with Safety to my Self I will be up I am Sir your Excellency's Most Obed.t [Obedient] and Very Huml [Humble] Servant Wm [William] Bryan [P.S.] NB Your Letter to Capt. Caswell I put in the post office at Baltimore as I Cold not See him, I Herd from him by Mr. Salter who was Emediately from Camp at Philad.a he sayed he was very Well, I also brot a Letter for you which Mr. Salter brot from Philad.a I believe from Mr. Penn, that I Left with Mr. [Lengf?] Cox, as I Came down [and] Requested him to forward it WB [William Bryan] [End Page 3] [Endorsed:] Genl. [General] Bryan 27 July 77. [End Page 4]
Title:
Letter from William Bryan to [Governor Richard Caswell]
Creator:
Bryan, William
Date:
1777-07-27
Description:
Letter from William Bryan to [Governor Richard Caswell] regarding the British attacks in the north, the movement of their fleet, his suspicion that they intend to attack South Carolina, and the lack of preparation for said attack.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
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Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789--Correspondence, Caswell, Richard, 1729-1789
Topical Subject:
War, armed forces, and society
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United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--American forces
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
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Public domain.
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