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Governour Lord William Campbell to General Gage



Tamar, in Rebellion Roads, September 30, 1775.

SIR: I did myself the honour to write to your Excellency, by the only two opportunities that offered since my


arrival in this Province, Captain Tollemache and Mr˙ Logie, and was in hopes His Majesty' s service to the northward would have permitted some little attention to have been paid to the southern Provinces. I have now only to acquaint your Excellency that this Province has for some time been in a state of open rebellion; and, after undergoing many mortifications and insults, I was at last obliged, a few days ago, to take refuge on board the Tamar, and leave the officers of the Crown disarmed, and confined to Charlestown. The bearer of this, Mr˙ Kirkland, was a Lieutenant of Militia in the back part of this country. I know him to be a man who has great influence there; and, by his attachment to Government, he has, I fear, sacrificed his all. He has acquainted me with the particulars of the plan he means to communicate to your Excellency; and I am convinced, if the execution is not delayed too long, he may be made very useful in this and the neighbouring Provinces, Georgia and North-Carolina.

I have the honour to be, with great regard, Sir, your Excellency' s most obedient and most humble servant,