the greatest rigor; also, that those who will not
turn out, may be imprisoned, and their whole property
taken from them, and destroyed. I have also ordered
that satisfaction should be made for their estates,
to those who have been injured and oppressed by them.
I have ordered, in the most positive manner, that every
militia man who has borne arms with us and afterwards
joined the enemy, shall be immediately hanged.
I desire you will take the most rigorous measure to
punish the rebels in the district in which you command,
and that you will obey, in the strictest manner, the
directions I have given in this letter, relative to
the inhabitants of this country.
[NOTE F.]—TO LORD CORNWALLIS
TO LORD CORNWALLIS.
Portsmouth, Virginia, November 4, 1780.
I have been here near a week, establishing a post.
I wrote to you to Charleston, and by another messenger,
by land. I cannot hear, for a certainty, where
you are: I wait your orders. The bearer is
to be handsomely rewarded, if he brings me any note
or mark from your Lordship.