Highlands 2d April 1780
The Expiration of inlistments have so weaken’d our Regiments that we really have not men Except to do the Duties of this Post, and we are momenterily growing weaker—Poors Brigade would be a comfortable addition to our strength at this Post, and I wish if Service does not forbid it I should be happy to be impower’d to call them down. I should not mention this to your Excellency did I not think it Essentially necessary. I have from Agents I think I can Confide in, information that Several Regiments are Embark’d and are Embarking for South Carolina, and that pressing letters have been written by Sir Henry Clinton to hasten them up. this I have heard some days since, but did not think it important Enough to require being sent by a Special Express. I have also heard that the Enemy are certainly preparing for Enterprize, and that their preparations Indicate movements of importance—This letter will be Convey’d by Major Beauman of the Artillery, Whose particular situation as to his Domestic affairs, has induced him to ask, and me to grant, him a short leave of absence which was requested and granted with Reciprocal Reluctance. I think it Sir true justice to add, that the Majors [And w] in his department has Benefitted Service and obliged me. I am Dear Sir with Every sentiment of respect and Esteem Your Excellency’s Most obt hum. servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.