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. . . I have reflected very seriously on the subject of my attempt to march into Virginia, and have in consequence written a letter to Major-General Phillips, of which I have the honour to inclose a copy to your Excellency. I have likewise directed Lieut.Colonel Balfour to send transports and provisions to this port, in case I should find the junction with Major-General Phillips inexpedient or impracticable, and that I should have the mortification of seeing that there is no other method of conveying his Majesty's troops to South Carolina without exposing them to the most evident danger of being lost.
I have, &c.,
- Correspondence of Charles, first Marquis Cornwallis, Vol I, Charles Ross, Esq., London, 1859