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Come and Take it Letters

Sunbury, November 25, 1778


You cannot be ignorant that four armis are in motion to reduce this province; the one is already under the guns of your fort and may be joined when I think proper by Col. Prevost, who is by now at the Meetinghouse. The resistance you can or intend to make will only bring destruction upon this country. On the contrary, if you deliver me the fort which you command, lay down your arms and remain neuter until the fate of America is determined, you shall as well as all the inhabitants of this parish, remain in the peaceable possession of your property. Your answer, which I expect in an hour's time, will determine the fate of this countryt, whether it is to be laid in ashes or remain as above propose.

I am, Sir, your most obedient, & c.
L.O. Fuser, Col. 60th Regiment and
Commander of His Majesty's Troops in
Georgia On His Majesty's Service


To Captain Thomas Morris Commander of the fort in Sunbury

P.S. Since this letter is closed, some of your people have been firing scattering shot about the town. I am to inform you, that if a stop is not put to such irregular proceedings, I shall burn a house for every shot so fired.

Fort Morris, November 25, 1778


We acknowledge we are not ignorant that your army is in motion to endeavor to reduce this state. We believe it entirely chimerical that Colonel Prevost is at the Meetinghouse; but should it be so, we are in no degree apprehensive of danger from a junction of his army with yours. We have no property, compared with the object we contend for, that we value a rush and would rather perish in a vigorous defence than accept of your proposals.

We, Sir are fighting the battle of America, and therfore disdain to remain neuter till its fate is determined. As to surrendering the fort, receive this laconic reply...Come and Take It.

Major Lane, whom I send with this letter, is directed to satisfy you with respect to the irregular loose firing mentioned on the back of your letter.

I have the honour to be, Sir, your most obedient, & c.
John McIntosh, Lieutenant Colonel
Of the Continetal Troops


Lieut. Col. L.O. Fuser Of His Britannic Majesty's Troops in Georgia.

Major Lane's response, "As soon as he burnt a house at one end of the town they would apply a torch to the other and let the flames meet in the center by a mutual conflagration."


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