Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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were beyond his ken. But the policy of his associates was not to
suffer him to brood in this direction, and Browne interposed :
"The one matter settled, and, as I think, just as we wish it,
let us now see to other things. These dispatches from Lord Wm.
Campbell?"
"We must keep dark on that subject," answered Cameron. "We
dare not use them yet. They will do hereafter, and will then
produce the better effect, especially when the rebels shall more
fully show their hands."
"Nevertheless," said Browne, "there is reason that we should see
them, and I must have copies of them for other eyes."
"Here they are, but for our own perusal only. Here are the
dispatches of the Governor, under cover to Colonel Stuart. Here
are Stuart's own private advices to me. He has had to fly to
Florida. We shall have the arms and ammunition, nevertheless,
just as we desire. Here are the Governor's own assurances."
"But how get them up from the seaboard? We want them in
the mountains. We need them for the backwoods' people as well
as for the Indians. There is Fletchall's Regiment, which alone
will need a thousand stand of arms, and the whole country along
the Saluda and the Broad, the Tiger and Little Rivers, and espe-
cially in the `Dutch Fork.' The Scotch and Dutch settlements are:
all with us; or can be worked by the Cunninghams, by Fletchall,
Kirkland, Pearis, and others. Five thousand muskets will not be
one too many, and a few swivels will be needed also. The question
is how to get them away from the seaboard. The rebel patriots
are very vigilant, and the Committees of Safety are busy in every
precinct."
"That has been cared for. The plan of the Governor will be
to forward our supplies, by night, in boats, to the heads of Ashley
and Cooper Rivers. Say near Dorchester on the one, and Monk's
Corner on the other river. Thither we shall dispatch trusty parties,
who will muster there secretly, and move upward only by night.
We have also another plan by which the rebels themselves shall
help us to supplies. They are about to dispatch a baggage train,
with arms and ammunition, for the supply of their friends in the
interior. I have a plan of organization by which these shall all
be captured."