Head Qurs May 19-20 1780.
I take the liberty of transmitting to your Excellency’s care the inclosed Letters for Governor Rutledge. They are both on the same subject, and also contain Letters for Major General Lincoln. As they respect matters of an interesting nature, I wish them to go by two conveyances that there may be the greater chance of their getting to the Governor’s hands, and the sooner this could take place the better. If there is no Express going or returning from Philadelphia to South Carolina at this time, it may perhaps be best to send one of the dispatches by the first post. I have the Honour to be with the greatest respect & esteem Your Excelenclys most oebt Servt
P.S. 20th I am this morning informed from Elizabeth Town that on the 16 &17 the 44th Reg.t and some other Troops embarked at New York with several Pieces of Heavy Cannon. The information says they were to sail yesterday under convoy of the Pearl & Thames Frigates and two Sloops of 20 Guns, and that Hallifax and Cape Breton are their destination. The account adds that they have a good many horse on Board, which if true would seem to be opposed to their going to these places.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.