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Reviews/Essays | Walker & James, Publishers | 1853
or dangerous to cross it lower ; and will prolong the time
before we are invested ; and, in all probability, give time to
the Virginia line to come in. I am told that Col. Laurens is
gone to dispute the ground with them inch by inch, and
thereby to retard their advances. The wind has been fair for
the shipping these two or three days ; but they lie still at
Five Fathom Hole, no doubt waiting first for the arrival of
their troops on `the Neck.' But from their past conduct, I
believe it will be a 'tedious siege. In my opinion, General
Clinton (nor the Admiral) will not risk all upon one die. We
are told our provisions will hold out very well, and I assure
you, our garrison, including the militia, are in high spirits,
and wish to defend the place to the last extremity. Our
works go on spiritedly, although our number of negroes are
diminished. I wish our friends about Georgetown would
send us a reinforcement to work on the fortifications. The
night before last, the garrison was alarmed about 10 o'clock
at night. Some boats came over Ashley river from Old
Town towards Gibbs's place up the path,* but they soon
went back again. I believe it was rather a feint to keep our
forces near town. It is possible they were apprehensive we
should defend the passes above Ashley ferry. At this last
place we had a small post. It is said now that they crossed
at Ashley ferry, Williman's plantation and Drayton Hall."
[John L. Gervais.]
30th March. This morning I have heard nothing new.
Last night we have been quiet. I wish we may continue so
three or four clays longer, in hopes that the Virginians will
come in that time. A party of our horse has taken prisoner
Col. Hamilton of the Carolina levies, one Doctor and seven
privates at Governor Rutledge's house on the Stono. If they
had come twenty minutes sooner, they would have catches?
Sir Henry Clinton. But a few days before that, they had a
little advantage over our militia horse. They killed three,
one Swinton, of St. Paul's Parish, Jos. Smith, ' a brother to
Mrs. Farr, and one Farrell, overseer to Mr. Bee. Mr. Melli-
chanipe was dangerously wounded, and they took five or six

* Idiomatic—meaning the main path from the city through the forest precincts.—Ed.