To Theodorick Bland
Williamsburg, Jan. 18, 1780.
The most timid being now satisfied that the enemy will not pay us a visit, Baptiste is relieved, after a delay which seems to have been very painful to him. This should have taken place much sooner, but I wished and hoped daily to send by him orders for taking off the suspension of General Scott’s march, which it was thought not proper to do, till we received satisfactory information of the enemy’s movements. It seems tolerably certain that they left New York about the 27th of December, so that they must be gone somewhere else. I am, sir, your most obedient, humble servant, &c.
MS not located. Text from Bland Papers description begins The Bland Papers: Being a Selection from the Manuscripts of Colonel Theodorick Bland, Jr. description ends , ii, 31, where it is printed without signature and said to be addressed to Bland at Petersburg. RC sold by C. F. Libbie & Co., Boston, 26 Apr. 1904 (Kennard Sale), lot 675 (an A.L.S. with address leaf).