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Journal and Correspondence of the Council of Maryland, 1781
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January 1-December 31, 1781 177


with me but the directions were not particular enough as to the lat-
ter, & all the paper was not to be engag'd until further orders. Please
to let me know what is to be done, & no time shall be lost

April 10
Red Book

No. 5
Letter 55

[S. West, Woodyard, to Gov. Lee.]

I imagine you may have been informed that the intelligence from
Col Beall was exaggerated an express which I sent to Col. Lyles
yesterday brought me an Account that the Enemy were at Lower
Cedar Point 2 Schooners & a Pilot Boat, they had not burned Col
BarneSts or the Priest, Matthew's Houses they had taken some
plunder from the latter & from Mr Walter Hanson; they also took
a Son of his, an officer in the extra Regiment, Prisoner. Coll Lyles
informs me that there is a very good Spirit among the People round
him to defend their Coasts but that they want Arms Accoutrements
&c. I have delivered to your order, transmitted by Coll Beall, 118
Stand of Arms there are a few more ready & we are preparing
the rest; the People about Marlbro intended to have taken them
without an order, they were so much alarmed, all the Arms are at
present there, I informed the People they might have more Arms
& also Cartridge Boxes from Annapolis, they are in great want of
the latter. I sent with the Arms 800 very good flints. I am well
informed that on Saturday, when it was so foggy 1 or 2 barges came
all the way up Patuxent to Lower Marlbro manned mostly by Ne-
groes in the night landed & Plundered the Town, burned Capt John
Davids House & a Traveler who was asleep in it. They took Pris-
oners Coll Fitzhugh & Willm Allein & carried them some distance
but afterwards released them on Some Conditions: They took all the
Vessells at Lower Marlbro and I hear one with Provisions from
Patrick Smith (probably intended for Marlbro) they loaded the
vessells with Tobacco out of the Warehouse and carried all off down
the River on Sunday Morning with a strong wind at Noth West;
most of Fitzhughs Negroes went with them.
Every Hours Experience shews the necessity of having some
Armed Vessells in the great Rivers especially Patuxent & Potow-
mach and some Cannon & Men stationed at such points where the
vessells may occasionally retire to & assist in repelling the Enemy.
I am surprised the Gentlemen at Alexandria who have Vessells &
Cannon do not adopt the Idea the Militia from on this Side Potow-
mack I believe would chearfully assist in manning the vessells.
I saw Mr John Smith Brookes yesterday who informed me he
had 30 good Beeves ready for moving. As Annapolis is without Pro-
visions & meant to be garrisoned I told him that I believed they woud
be very acceptable to you at this time the 3 Recruits are also or-
dered; the Salt Provisions wait your order; but surely some will be
wanted for the Militia & other purposes in this County during the
Summer.

April 10
Tuesday
Morning
Red Book
No. 28
Letter 8

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