[dateline] Brussels April 4th. 1781
By a London Newspaper receivd this Day by the way of Margate (for the two last posts
are not Arrivd) I find that Tarlton has been defeated by Genl. Morgan near 96.1
The Congress has published an Account of it, which I suppose the English Ministry
will secrete, but it appears by private Letters, that a number of men have been Killed
or taken Prisoners. That Tarletons own regiment is almost entirely cut to peices—that
He was near being taken Prisoner Himself and that his Baggage is destroyed. Rivington
endeavours to make light of the Action, but shews at the same time, it was a serious
One—when the Vessel left N York, which was the 25th. of Febry Genl. Philips was preparing
to embark with 5000 Men,2
supposd for Virginia.
By the same Paper we have an Account that a french Vessel with Dispatches from the
Mauritius is taken and carried to England, but by some papers found in her it appears
that Hyder Ally having collected an Army of 80000 Horse had laid Siege to Arcot, that
the Colonels Baillie and Fletcher attempting to go to its relief were totally defeated
with the Loss of 400 Europeans and 4000 Seapoys, that Arcot was taken together with
Pondicheri and that the whole Province of Arcot was in the Hands of Hyder Ally, Col.
Munro having with Difficulty got back to Madras.3
I have the Honor of receiving your Excellencys Letter of the 22d. Ultimo and shall
Carefully attend to the political Rule laid down therein.
What a pleasant trouble has your Excellency had in writing your Name 29 Thousand times
for such a purpose—give me leave to beg your Excellency would send me some Copies
of your proposals in Dutch—I have been spoken to on the Subject.
I am with the greatest Respect Sir your Excellencys Most Obedient Humble Servt
P.S. I send a duplicate of this to Leyden.4