Robert Taylor to Thomas Mann Randolph
|Sir,||Head Quarters Norfolk August 27th 1813|
After mature reflection I deem it inexpedient, to direct the immediate march of Capt Pollards Company, pursuant to the orders given by the Secretary of War, in his letter to you of the 11th Instant. Apprized some days ago of by Capt Pollards of your instructions to him. I addressed a Letter to the Secy of War, detailing the Situation in which Fort Norfolk would be left in the removal that Company; and begging his permission to retain it. To that Letter, I have not yet received a reply; though I cannot doubt, that my request will be granted. In addition to this, I have to day received information that the British Squadron is standing down the Bay. Should any Censure exist, as to the delay in the March of that Company, I take it exclusively to myself; persuaded that the Secretary of War, if here, would suspend the March; at least, ’till the designs of the Enemy are developed.
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