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I received your letter of the 25th of Sept last night The enemy are encamped about two miles from us. On the night of the 30th September they broke ground, and made two redoubts about 1100 yards from our works, which, with some works that had been constructed to secure our exterior position, occupy a gorge between two creeks, which nearly embrace this post They have finished these redoubts, and I expect they will go on with their works this night From the time the enemy have given us, and the uncommon exertions of the troops, our works are in a better state of defence than we had reason to hope.
I can see no means of forming a junction with me but by York River, and I do not think that any diversion would be of use to us. Our accounts of the French fleet have in general been that they were thirty-five or thirty-six sail of the line.
I have, &c.,
- Charles Cornwallis
- Correspondence of Charles, first Marquis Cornwallis, Vol I, Charles Ross, Esq., London, 1859