I was one of the number ordered from Halifax recruiting, and exerted my utmost in that way. I have sent four recruits to head quarters, and four deserters belonging to the different Regiments. In the course of my excursions in the country, I have found out that a number of the inhabitants as well in this County, as in Hyde, have discouraged men from inlisting in the service. I have made application to the Magistrates, which I observe is invested with full power by an act of the last Assembly, to detect such villany from being carried on: But, through neglect to the printer to the Honourable House, can have no redress.
Under these circumstances, I pray your Excellency will permit me to depart from this State, to the Grand Camp, commanded by his Excellency General Washington. Your Excellency's permission will ever oblige