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In consequence of your Letter , and approbation I proceded with the utmost rapidity to this place. After a delay of five or six days, (the usual fatality attending our service) for Captain Maxwell, I wrote to General Nelson pointing out the necessity of expidition in an affair of this nature; and obtain’d an Order on the Ship-Yard, to be supplyed with such necessarys, and workmen, as I should...
I have the honor to inform you, I have for this three Weeks past, been cruising in the Louis Galley From Newport News to Warresqueak Bay. By carrying away my fore yard I was obliged to run up to Chicohomini but shall tomorrow resume my station; on which I have reason to expect I have allready prevented many slaves from forming a Junction with the Enemy. You will see the propriety of my...
I have this instant received notice that the Enemy appears to be again in motion at Osburn’s. I have dispatch’t a Vidett to recoinoitre them, and am collecting some negroes to hew down Trees and be ready to take up the different Bridges in their rout. There is no Officer on this side but myself . I desire to know if you have any commands. I am Sir &c., RC ( Vi ); without place or date;...
You will pardon the liberty I take in addressing your Excellency, when you are informed of the necessity that forces me to it. Your Excellency can be no stranger to my situation in Virginia ; to the ardor with which unrewarded I acted in her service, or to my distresses, from which only the hospitality of Virginians would have relieved me. Anxious of once more seeing my friends, I have waited...