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**Revolutionary War Letter Signed, Lord Charles Cornwallis to Lt Col. Clarke Charleston, South Carolina, dated July 4th, 1780, to Lieutenant Colonel [Sir Alured] Clarke (1744-1832) "commanding His Majesty's forces in Georgia"; the document reads:

Charles-town July 4th 1780

Dear Sir

I yesterday received the favour of your letter by Major Prevost, I likewise hear from him with great concern that the troops in Georgia are very sickly. I shew'd your letter and the papers relative to Pr[ivate] Houstoun [John Houstoun, 1744-1796] to Mr. Simpson who agrees entirely with me in [the] opinion that the detaining a prisoner-of-war on parole, to bring him to trial for treason at Savannah, is highly improper and unwarrantable. He will write his sentiments on that head to Sir James Wright [1730-1804, British Royal Governor of Georgia]. I likewise beg that you will inform His Excellency that I think Pr[ivate] Houston ought to be immediately sent back to Charlestown. I am informed that Lt. Col. Brown [1750-1825, Thomas "Burnfoot" Brown] is raising some Cavalry to be added to his Corps, if this is true I beg you will put an immediate stop to it. I send by this opportunity a duplicate of the letter I wrote by the Hydra.

I am Sir with great regard your most obed[ient] & Faithful Servant,

As we are now thoroughly masters of S[outh] Carolina and the militia of every district either is already arrang'd as is put in the way of being so, the frontier of Georgia towards Carolina must be in the most perfect security. I cannot therefore see the necessity of a post at Ebenezer [Georgia], or indeed at any sickly part of the Savannah River, it appears to me that the only necessary posts are Savannah and Augusta, and I trust you will not sacrifice the health of the troops to the groundless terrors of the inhabitants.

L. Col. Clarke
Commanding His Majesty's Forces in Georgia

docketed: Lord Cornwallis's Letter, July 4th, 1780

Together with:
T. Thornton (British, fl.1780-9)
"The SURRENDER of EARL CORNWALLIS (Lieutenant-General) of the British Army in North America) to GENERAL WASHINGTON & COUNT De ROCHAMBEAU, on the 19th of Oct-r 1781-whereby the Ports of York-Town & Gloucester in Virginia, were then given up to the combined Forces of America & France" after William Hamilton(British,1751-1801)
engraving on laid paper, unframed, sheet H15 1/4" W9 1/2"

Benjamin Smith (British, 1775-1833)
"The Most Noble Charles, Marquis Cornallis & Co." after John Singleton Copley (Boston, 1738-1815)
engraving, unframed, sheet H23" W17 1/2" (3pcs)

Provenance: Kenneth W. Rendell, Inc
Dr. & Mrs. C.G. Hopper, Jr. Collection

Other Notes: Accompanied by Mr. Rendell's writeup.

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