I had required the attendance of the Council here on the 8th current, some matters of consequence to the Southward required my consulting them previous to my going to Halifax, which I intended: but as the members of the Board, for reasons best known to themselves, have not met me here, or at least not a sufficient number to proceed in busiuess, I am under the disagreeable necessity of declining my journey to Halifax; therefore you will be pleased to observe the following instructions, viz.
You are to make me a return as well of the Commissioned officers, and Non Commissioned officers, as privates of each Battalion
You will, from the returns of recruits made you, be able to judge who will be the proper officers to leave in the State to recruit: a list of those Gentlemen you will return to me with the utmost expedition. You will hold all other your officers and men in readiness to march at the shortest notice.
You will (inform) Col. Long, the Quarter Master General, of your number, that he may provide waggons to proceed with the Troops. You are to inform me if you have one or more Commissaries with you who will supply the Troops under your command. You are also to inform me, the number of firelocks you are deficient, if any; and whether you think it is practicable to prevail on your people to march before their arrears are paid up. These returns you are to send me by express so soon as you possibly can, that I may take the necessary orders thereon. I am Sir,