Nov. 19th 1775.

To Captain Francis Marion.

You are to proceed with all expedition, with yours, and Capt. Huger's companies to Dorchester, to reinforce the troops there, and to take special care in guarding and defending the cannon, gunpowder, and public records at that place; you are to take command of the whole of the troops at that place, till further orders. You are to apply to the committee at Dorchester, for a sufficient number of negroes in the public service, to remove the cannon lying near the water-side, to a spot more safe, and convenient, near the fort or barracks, etc.

Wm. Moultrie

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