Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Nicholas, 7 January [1781]

From John Nicholas

The Forrest Jany 7th: [1781]

May it pleas Your Exclly:

I have just received an express from Charles City Court-house who proves my mistake last night of Genl: Nelsons being there and informs me of a small party of this Countys militia being surprised there last night. Neighther good intelligence or any manœuver of consequence can take place untill we have more Horse. I just received [word that] the Enemy are in motion on Berkley plains and for want of fresh horse I shall be under the necessity of retreating to Mawben [Malvern] hill where I shall endeavour to stand.

In haste,

J. Nicholas

RC (Vi).

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