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Letter from Colonel Stuart to General Gage


Intercepted Letter transmitted to Congress by General Washington, with his Letter dated December 18, 1775.


St˙ Augustine, September 30, 1775.

SIR: I have by this opportunity written to your Excellency, and fully communicated what I know of Indian affairs. I have not as yet received any answer to my letters and messages, sent to the Indian nations by expresses upon my first arrival here. I take the liberty of troubling your Excellency with this, by Colonel Moses Kirkland, of the South-Carolina militia, who, for his attachment to Government, is obliged to fly; he visits your Excellency to communicate the situation of affairs in the back parts of the Southern Provinces, where he is well acquainted and very popular. I know him to be an enterprising, active man, and may possibly be useful in bringing back the people of Carolina to their duty, or keeping up a party for Government. Lord William Campbell has desired me to furnish him with some money to defray his expenses; which I have done accordingly, and have given him a small bill on my agent at New-York.

I most cordially congratulate your Excellency on the signal advantage obtained over the Rebels by the troops under your command at Bunker' s Hill, and wish it may have been followed by such further success as may facilitate the restoration of publick tranquillity, upon terms glorious to your Excellency, and honourable to the nation.

I am, with the utmost respect and truth, sir, your Excellency' s most obedient and most humble servant,


P˙ S˙ The last letter which I have had the honour of receiving from your Excellency is dated 11th of March.