Camden Augst 21st 1780

Dear Thomas

        I am very sure that you will sincerely rejoice at my having gained a compleat victory, altho' it is at the expense of your old acquaintance Horatio Gates, of whose Canon, Baggage, stores, & I almost say Army I am now in possession; I refer you to my publick letter, & to Ross for particulars, & most sincerely regret H. Broderick was not here to have carried home my dispatches; but I was much afraid of his health, & did not expect so early a scene of action, altho' I did not imagine with other other people that we were to be left in a long & peaceable possession of so opulent & important province as Carolina. Beg you will spare Mrs Townshend of my sincere good wishes & believe me to be

Your most Obed.t
        & faithfull servant

Letter from Cornwallis to his friend Thomas Townshend. Transcribed by Same Fore.

From the collections of The James S. Copley Library, La Jolla, California