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Balfour, Nisbet (1743-1823) to John Saunders

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00609 Author/Creator: Balfour, Nisbet (1743-1823) Place Written: Charlestown, South Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 April 1781 Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 22.3 x 18.6 cm. Order a Copy

Written by Scottish officer Colonel Balfour as commandant of Charlestown, South Carolina to Captain Saunders, a Loyalist, as commandant of Georgetown, South Carolina. Written in numeric code. Cypher included in collateral file. Says: "You wil inform Colonel Watson that he is to remain at Georgetown as Greens Army is before Camden, that he wil join Lord Cornwalis on his march if he posibly can get to him and if not he will wait at Georgetown til further orders." Marked "No. 13" at address.

Balfour, Nisbet, fl. 1781
Cornwallis, Charles Cornwallis, Marquis, 1738-1805
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786

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