Head Quarters 10th June 1782
In reply to your Favor of the 4th I inclose you, Copies of the Resolutions of the House of Representatives of the State of So. Carolina, the consequent Resolve of Congress thereon, & my Letter to Sir Guy Carelton on the Subject of the So. Carolina Inhabitants.
These Resolutions not appearing to me to be sufficiently explicit as to the Manner in which those persons had been removed from Charlestown, I was obliged, in order to put the Matter on a tolerable footing, to extend the Idea, by saying that they were sent off by Orders of the British Commanders; without knowg the particular Reasons the enemy would assign for this Treatment, or being acquainted with the real Circumstances under which the Inhabitants left their State. But supposing that it would be alledged, that they were sent off as persons factious, disaffected & dangerous to the British Government, they would think the request of a very extraordinary Nature, & would consider their Compliance in the Light of conferring a high Obligation, especially by bearing the Expence of their Transportation—On this Ground I considered the Request as asking a Favor; and in that View of the Subject, I made the Observation you allude to—And I think, from Sir Guys Letter, and his Ease of Compliance, I was not mistaken in my Ideas of the Light in which the British Commander has viewed this Requisition. I have the Honor to be Sir Your most Obedient humble Servt