First American to use Molon Labe?


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Byron Quick
April 8, 2003, 12:54 PM
Sunbury, November 25, 1778

Sir,

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
Sir,

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 homour 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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4v50 Gary
April 8, 2003, 02:21 PM
Thank you Byron. I wasn't aware of this myself. The 3rd and 4th Battalion of the Royal Americans (60th) were reraised during the Revolution (having been disbanded after the French-Indian Wars). Both battalions served in the South (predominantly Georgia) during the war and were instrumental in the capture of Savannah.

Unlike the modern college education, the college man of the 18th century was trained in Latin and well read in the classics including the father of history/lies, Herodotus. Today we suffer from information overflow and colleges have more diverse topics than the 18th century cirriculum. It takes a few die hard gun nuts to appreciate the old stuff.

Neoclassical was "in" during the colonial period and I saw quite a bit of it when I visited the Maricault (sp) and Heyworth(sp?)-Washington house in Charleston. Also saw some of it in the Executive Mansion of the Confederacy (owned & operated by the Museum of the Confederacy) where there were three scenes of Achilles & Hector (the challenge, the fight & Achilles dragging Hector - hey, I was the first person in a year to recognize them).

BigG
April 8, 2003, 02:30 PM
My knowledge of the classics has enriched my life in so many ways I can only pity those who couldn't identify a picture of Achilles dragging Hector. Not only that, the authors were much better reads than most anything you can pick up these days.

Standing Wolf
April 8, 2003, 09:08 PM
Not only that, the authors were much better reads than most anything you can pick up these days.

Amen!

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