I humbly congratulate your safe arrival For having removed myself from North Carolina here in the borders of Virginia, because I would not live under a government I knew was altogether illegal, I have therefore earnestly wished for your Honour's arrival, ever since I knew you were designed here, that the government being settled I might remove myself to my habitation, not doubting (by the great and good character you have) that you will settle our religion, lands, and liberties on such sure foundations, that they may never more be in danger to be insulted and and trodden down by Quakers, Atheist and Deists, and other evil disposed persons, and healing all our differences, distractions and disorders, encouraging trade, and protecting the people in all their just rights and privileges, you may be happy in performing so great and good a work, and the people happy under so good a Governor. The doubt of the certainty of your Honor's being arrived, and the uncertainty to meet you hath hindered me from waiting on you at this time, but (God willing) intend to wait on you as soon as you arrive in North Carolina.
Hond sir John Ardeon! Esqr when last with me was thinking it would be more convenient to transports your goods this way by Choan river than by Curetucke, because of the shoals by the way of Curetucke. Wherefore if your Honor thinks convenient to transport them by Choan river, I have a small sloop at your service. I shall intreat your answer by the bearer, and if any way I can be searviceable to your Honor, you shall need but to command