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bf another letter from Major General PrevoftVfb Lord George Germain, dated Head vuarters, ot. jonn'slliand, i - vetve miles from Charlet - Town. June 10, 1779, of which t; - .e following is an extracl 5 ne ther the original or duplicate having been received. Extract of a letter from Major General Prevoft, taLord George Germain, dated HeadQuarters, St. John's Ifland, 12 mile from Charles Town, June 10, 1779. I. VOULD have been happy to be able to acquaint your LordttUp with the furrender of Charles Town. I ftnll relate to your Lordfliip the means by which our progrefs was fo little interrupted, and the reafons for bribing his Majefty's army into this Province. Towards the latter end of April I rereived information that Genera Lincoln (who till then had occupied a pofition on the North fide of Savannah river, by which he equally covered every part of a river at all times extremely diffi: cult, but deemed impaflablein times of frefties, and in the face of an army) had marched the beft part of his army towards Auufta, to penetrate from thence into Georgia, and to proteft a meeting of the rebel Delegates appointed to meet at Auwfta on the 10th ultimo ; this confi deration, added to a wiih to preferve the reputation of his Majefty's arms, by afting on the offenfive, and to oblige Mr. Lin - cola to quit his project, and to procure provifions from this province for our army, induced me to penetrate inio Carolina The corps of observation ofthe rebel army being about 2000 men, but chiefly militia, under the command of 3rigadier General Moultrie, furprifed to fee tke Britifh troops emerging from fwamps deemed impaffable, were ftruck with fucha panic as to make but a wenk refif - tance, .at the feveral ftrong paffes though which we had to paCs in purfuit of them, and fled, with the greateft hurry and confirmation, towards Charles town. T lie enemies were fo well perfuaded that we only meant to forage the country, that it was not till fome days after our progrefs into South Carolina, that General Lincoln could be perfuaded to rttresitt and come to the affi fiance of Charles - town towards which he immediately detached a body of infantry, mounted for the purpofe of difpatch, and after Collecting all the militia of the upper par;sof the country, he proceeded himfelf towards Dorchefter. The facility with which thi Britifh army hnd proceeded towards Charles - town, notwithstanding the numbers of rivers, creeks and fwamps, and the natural impediments of the country, added to the repeated fugteftions of the friends of government we met with, who affured us pofitively that Charles - town would certainly furrender at cur approach, induced me, with the advice of all the Held of3cersof the army, 10 make the attempt; and Lieutenant Colonel Prevoft, who commanded the advance, had orders to fum - nion them the ixth ult. but I have the greateft reafon to bslieve, that the want of naval force to co - operate with us, our want of battering artillery and momentary expectations of a reinforcement, and the approach of General Lincoln's army, actuated them in the propofalthey made of a neutrality for their province, and the refufal of the generous offers made to them if tfiey would furrender. - The numerous artillery mounted on their ramparts, their hipping ard gallies covering andfl inking their lines, our fmid numbers, not having more than aooo fit for duty, arid the rifk of fhking the ditty of this fmall but fpirited army, and the province of Georgia, induced me,and every Member of the Council of war held on this occafion, to refolve t0 return to the fourh fide of Afhley river, where a part of the troops had been left to fecure the paflage of that river, aad - our retreat if oeceffary. From that time the troops ha i been chiefly on the iflands of St James and St. John, in hopes and expectations of the fuppiies which our lon unexreced mirch, the heavy rains, tne many rivers we rnd to crfs, had rendered iadifpenfible to in ; the fi. - ft rhat c.ime, for want of a fufficient naval force, was partly taken and deftroyed, and the reft drove back by a few rebel privateers. His Mijefty's flu ps the Perfe - ns and Rofe are fince arrived off the Coaft with the amuni - tion an 1 provifions we wanted. I fliall fhortly change my quarters to Beaufort, where the advantage of keeping a footing in Carolina, and quartering the troops during the great heat of the weather, and the unhealthy feafon, in the beft fituation, are combined with that of being the mofl eligible pofition for erfeclua) - ly covering and fecuring Georgia from any attempt ofthe enemy. L O N D O N, September. Laft Satardiy's Gazette contains his Majefly's order " the fift the lafl Powell, fix his a Sw tion cutter morning, Ro on She fioi, S fliot She was In dollars vice fail, ftol viz. felby is weea protection faid new phen at been to part

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  1. The Pennsylvania Packet,
  2. 18 Dec 1779, Sat,
  3. Page 2

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