Marion, Francis (1732-1795) to William Richardson
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.009.01 Author/Creator: Marion, Francis (1732-1795) Place Written: [Marry's Ferry] [South Carolina] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 June 1782 Pagination: 3 p. + addr. + docket 20 x 32 cm (unfolded)
Written to Richardson at High Hills of Santee, South Carolina. States he has heard that some troublesome people are plundering the inhabitants of the neighborhood and that they have no ammunition to fight back. Requests Richardson deliver to General Joseph Hill 12 pounds of gun powder and a proportionate amount of lead. Indicates that he is going to join General Nathanael Greene. Note on p. 4 signed by Elliott Holladay certifies that on 18 July 1782, 12 pounds of gun powder and 26 1/2 pounds of lead were received from Richardson by order of Captain Joseph Hill. Marion was an American revolutionary war hero, nicknamed the "Swamp Fox" by the British because of his elusive tactics.
Marrys Ferry 7 June 1782
Col. Richardson represent to me that sine troublesome people in y.r neighbourhood is plundering the good inhabitants & that they have no Amunition to go after them - you will Then Deliver Capt Hill twelve wt Gun powder & proportion of lead, which shall be accounted [text loss]or in the quantity, the Governor Gave me an Order for, the whole of which I have not yet had but the necessity is such that I hope you will let them have it at all Events & I will answer for the propriety of it -  I have happyly settled all militias with the PD troops; & am going S.oWardly to join Genl Greene -
You may see how I am sent from North to South, & believe my good Constitution will not hold me much longer ~
I am Sr yr ob St
Wm Richardson Esqr
 Receed this 18th July 1782 from William Richardson Twleve pounds Gun powder & Twenty Six & a half pounds of lead -
By order of Capt Joseph Hill
William Richardson Esqr.
Gen Marions order
to deliver Capt Hill
12tt powder 26 Â½ tt lead
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