From Horatio Gates
Hillsborough 18th. October 1780.
Inclosed I send Your Excellency my dispatch of this [Date?] to the President of Congress under a flying Seal for your Persual. I must entreat you to forward it with all its contents, directly by Express to Philadelphia. If the News from General Fleming is Confirmed I think A Speedy recovery of South Carolina and Georgia must be the Consequence, but we are so often disappointed in Reports that I should pay little attention to it, did not the precipate Retreat of Lord Cornwallis give A Sanction to this. I request your Excellency will send the enclosed to Colonel Hunter.
Tr (DLC). Enclosures: Gates to Huntington, 16–18 Oct. (Tr in DLC); a letter from Gen. Fleming to Gates not further identified; Gates to James Hunter, 18 Oct. (Tr. in DLC). These enclosures were transmitted by TJ to Huntington, 25 Oct. 1780, q.v.