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all who should refuse to give satisfactory tests of their obedience.
He was expressly ordered to seize the persons and destroy the property of persistent rebels whenever it could be done with effect.
When the British forces were about to leave the North Carolina coast, Clinton sent Lord Cornwallis, at the instigation of Governor Martin, to burn the house of Hooper, a delegate in the Continental Congress, and to burn and ravage the plantation of Gen. Robert Howe.
Cornwallis landed in Brunswick county with about 900 men.
Lord Cornwallis (from an English print). and proceeded to his assigned work.
In this ignoble expedition—his first in America—he lost two men killed and one taken prisoner. Clinton, in a proclamation (May 5), invited the people to appease the vengeance of an incensed nation by submission, and offered pardon to all, excepting General Howe and Cornelius Harnett.
Howe sent Cornwallis in November, 1777, with a strong body of troops, by way of Chester, to Billingspo