We have this day received the inclosed from Brige General Moore, and have Orders from the Congress to inclose them to you, we are directed also to inform you that the Congress have Ordered a reinforcement of fifteen hundred Militia rank & file in two Battalions to join General Moore with all possible Expedition. This reinforcement is ordered to consist of detachments from four Eastern districts of the six into which our province is divided, because the Western Districts are reserved for a particular purpose which you are already acquainted with and you will perceive Genl Moore alludes to; These two Districts are inhabited cheifly by wheat Farmers and if obliged to leave their Crops before they can save that necessary Grain, a dearth in the next year could scarcely be avoided—The Congress have therefore judged this an additional reason for witholding the Militia in that part of our Colony at this Season unless the necessity becomes indispensibly urgent in which Case they are Ordered to be in readiness and it is not to be doubted but they will march with great Alacrity. The dispersed situation of our Inhabitants makes it impossible for the Militia reinforcement to be in the Field without some delay and the Militia of the neighbouring Counties have been in unremitting service so long that it has become irksome and exceeding burthensome to them. Under these circumstances the Congress could fall on no expedient more eligible than that already mentioned, altho they
Inclosed is an Estimate of what Gun Powder is in the Several Counties in our Colony—
[Endorsed] May 6th 1776
Letter from Thoss Burke Chairman of the Comee of War N. C. to General Lee Halifax May 6, 1776 enclosed in Genl Lee's letter of the 10. May 1776.