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
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.
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, &
John McIntosh, Lieutenant Colonel
Of the Continetal Troops
Lieut. Col. L.O. Fuser Of His Britannic Majesty's Troops
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."