Colonel James Moore.
Having determined by consent of his Majesty's Council to march a Body of Troops taken from several Militia Regiments into the Settlements of the Insurgents to compel them to an obedience to Government I wish to know if the Command of an Artillery Company of Fifty Men with a small Train consisting of six swivel Guns will be agreeable to you as I shall take a pleasure in putting them under your command with the Rank and pay of Colonel to yourself. If you will undertake to raise the Men you shall have the appointment of the Officers to the Company vizt—one Captain and two Lieutenants. The men to have the same Bounty Money and furnished with the same necessaries as Colonel Ashe was ordered to furnish the Volunteers that march from his Regiment, he will let you see his Instructions on that Head. You may either march your Company to Newbern or accompany the Hanoverian Detachment until they join the Neuse Division near Colonel Bryan's in Johnston County, as I can order a Detachment from the Craven Regiment to take charge of the Artillery until the Junction of the Divisions. The Ammunition is provided and will move with the Artillery. Your answer by the return of the Post will oblige