Yours of the 7th of Augt lies before us.—As your Detachmt has never been complete and is rendered still weaker by Capt. Caldwell's Departure, and as there is Cause to suspect the Tories of evil Designs, the Council are of Opinion that the 25 Volunteers whom you have taken into pay should be continued until Caldwell returns, or, until further Orders from us.—It has been represented to us that you follow gaming and other Dissipation to the neglect of your Duty as a Soldier, but we hope this is not true; however we beg leave to observe that the Command intrusted to you is a Matter of much Importance to the Publick, and to recommend the greatest Vigilance and Activity in the discharge of it.—We have already done everything in our power to procure Lead for the Publick from Chizwells Mines and elsewhere, to very little
It is altogether out of our Power to make an additional allowance by way of Rations or otherwise to the Horse;—that must be submitted to Congress.
We have already sent Orders to you to render us an Acct. of all the Salt, in whosoever hands it may be, at Cross Creek; but as you have not so done we presume you have not recd. the order.