Letter from Thomas Farr to Nathanael Greene

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    [Thomas Farr to Nathanael Greene September 9, 1782 [RvW Oversize Folder 71; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Ashley River 9th September 1782 Dear General. Mrs. Farr came up from Town Yesterday, by whom I have the following intelligence, which I think it's proper that you should be acquainted therewith. - That eight victualling Ships, and five vessels loaded with dry Goods had lately arrived in the port of Charles town: - That the Vessels and Troops who had been to the Southwd were returned, the Vessels they had loaded with Rice, live Stock, some Indico [Indigo], Household Furniture and other plunder, and a large number of negroes. That another expedition was putting out for the like service, and would sail soon, supposed for the southward, inquest of Rice [and]ca. as they had got intelligence, that a good deal of Rice was still on Combahe[e] River [- I have often known Schooners got [struck through] go from Town to Combahe[e] in one day, when the Wind has blown fresh at No East.] – That the Loyalists in Charles Town had solicited Genl. [General] Leslie for leave to go out into the Country and make reprisals of all property they could lay their Hands on to compensate themselves for which they had lost. That the merchants fearing that the British Debts would be seized on assuable to the Governors threat, had remonstrated with Genl. [General] Leslie against sending expeditions to the Country and plundering property, particularly those by Water, but finding their Remonstrance not attended to by Leslie, they had dispatched a Vessel last Friday to New York, with a represen- -tation thereof to Sir Guy Carleton. Mrs. Farr was told by a Gentleman in town of Character, to mention to you, that he had occasion lately to go about the Lines on the back of the Town, where he had a good view of every Fort and Fortification, that all the Cannon were taken away from the Horn Work and Lines, and every where else, except one fort where there were three Cannon that there was only a Picquet Guard kept about those Lines, and whilst the Troops were on the Expedition to the Southward, he apprehended that nothing could have prevented your Army getting into Town, as most of the Hessians were sick That the partisan Colo. [Colonel] Fanning had been long soliciting Genl. [General] Leslie for a Command to [End Page 1] come out into the Country, offering for a handsome Reward to carry the Head to Genl. [General] Leslie of of [sic] yourself, Genl. [General] Marion or any other person he might require, and that he, Fanning had actually gone out of Town last Thursday or Friday with only a Negro to endeavour to accomplish some vile Purpose – [Would it not be proper that Genl. [General] Marion should have a Hint of this?[]] – I am with great Respect, Dear Sir. Your most obedient Servant. Thos. Farr. [Thomas Farr] [Endorsed on left margin:] From Thomas Farr Sept. [September] 9th 1782 X [End Page 2]
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    [Thomas Farr to Nathanael Greene September 9, 1782 [RvW Oversize Folder 71; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Ashley River 9th September 1782 Dear General. Mrs. Farr came up from Town Yesterday, by whom I have the following intelligence, which I think it's proper that you should be acquainted therewith. - That eight victualling Ships, and five vessels loaded with dry Goods had lately arrived in the port of Charles town: - That the Vessels and Troops who had been to the Southwd were returned, the Vessels they had loaded with Rice, live Stock, some Indico [Indigo], Household Furniture and other plunder, and a large number of negroes. That another expedition was putting out for the like service, and would sail soon, supposed for the southward, inquest of Rice [and]ca. as they had got intelligence, that a good deal of Rice was still on Combahe[e] River [- I have often known Schooners got [struck through] go from Town to Combahe[e] in one day, when the Wind has blown fresh at No East.] – That the Loyalists in Charles Town had solicited Genl. [General] Leslie for leave to go out into the Country and make reprisals of all property they could lay their Hands on to compensate themselves for which they had lost. That the merchants fearing that the British Debts would be seized on assuable to the Governors threat, had remonstrated with Genl. [General] Leslie against sending expeditions to the Country and plundering property, particularly those by Water, but finding their Remonstrance not attended to by Leslie, they had dispatched a Vessel last Friday to New York, with a represen- -tation thereof to Sir Guy Carleton. Mrs. Farr was told by a Gentleman in town of Character, to mention to you, that he had occasion lately to go about the Lines on the back of the Town, where he had a good view of every Fort and Fortification, that all the Cannon were taken away from the Horn Work and Lines, and every where else, except one fort where there were three Cannon that there was only a Picquet Guard kept about those Lines, and whilst the Troops were on the Expedition to the Southward, he apprehended that nothing could have prevented your Army getting into Town, as most of the Hessians were sick That the partisan Colo. [Colonel] Fanning had been long soliciting Genl. [General] Leslie for a Command to [End Page 1] come out into the Country, offering for a handsome Reward to carry the Head to Genl. [General] Leslie of of [sic] yourself, Genl. [General] Marion or any other person he might require, and that he, Fanning had actually gone out of Town last Thursday or Friday with only a Negro to endeavour to accomplish some vile Purpose – [Would it not be proper that Genl. [General] Marion should have a Hint of this?[]] – I am with great Respect, Dear Sir. Your most obedient Servant. Thos. Farr. [Thomas Farr] [Endorsed on left margin:] From Thomas Farr Sept. [September] 9th 1782 X [End Page 2]
Title:
Letter from Thomas Farr to Nathanael Greene
Creator:
Farr, Thomas
Date:
1782-09-09
Description:
Letter from Thomas Farr to Nathanael Greene regarding the movements of the British troops in Charles Town and the shipments coming in and out of port.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Correspondence, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Military service, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786--Military leadership, Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786
Topical Subject:
War, armed forces, and society
Geographic Subject:
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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image/jpeg
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600 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL, Archival Masters are tiffs.
Copyright Status Statement:
Public domain.
Access Information:
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