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Major John James to Gen. Marion
Indian Town, Sept. 20, 1781.

Honored Sir:

Enclosed I send you a letter from Capt. Snow to Messrs. Rhodes and Jones, the contents will fully inform you of Snow's design and the method he is taking to accomplish it. Mr. Rhodes was in camp when the message came to his house. Mrs. Rhodes, his wife, being doubtful of the matter, came to me about it. I forewarned her or any other person from meddling with Tory property until your pleasure should be known. I also desired for her to acquaint her husband with it at his home. Since I came from camp we have been much alarmed by the Tories; I have been twice out in scout against them; once up Lynch's Creek, where they had made robberies and shed blood, but I could find none, they having all fled to their shelters. The second alarm was, that two hundred were in full march to destroy or carry our stores at Black Mingo. As quickly as possible, I collected upwards of 30 men and made all speed to endeavor to prevent them. The Tories aforesaid came only down Waccamaw where they have done, as I am informed, a deal of mischief. A small party came down Britton's neck, and carried off some horses; they took off all Mr. Gibson's. At the earnest request of the inhabitants of Lynch's Creek, I gave orders to eight men, chiefly of Capt. Brown's company, to assist those people in keeping up constant scouts against the Tories, until you are pleased to give other directions. I am ready and should have set out for camp to-morrow with the relief, but from orders from my Colonel, concerning the tories women, which will give me some trouble. If I am wanted in camp or any other command you may have for me, I am willing to comply with as far as I am capable. I sincerely congratulate you on the late additional honor you have acquired to you and your Brigade, and am, with due respect, sir,

Your most obedient servant,

JOHN JAMES

Source:
Gibbes, Robert Wilson, Documentary History of the American Revolution,
Volume 3, pp. 170-171

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