Yesterday morning Mr. Mallett arrived at this place from Cross
To my own knowledge there is powder a plenty in the upper parts of this province, but not any lead to be got; but, as I understand there is several tons of lead belonging to this State at Cross Creek, I greatly suspect, under the cloak of getting salt, they want to lay their hands on that article.
These reasons, together with our having nothing to do, has induced me to order the different Regim'ts under my command at this place, to march immediately for Cross Creek, and endeavour to get there before them, as I understand they are not to leave Chatham until Thursday, so that I am in hopes to be before them, and prevent their designs, be they what they will. When I said we had nothing to do, I meant that we should not (I expected) be ordered to the Northward, until we had money to pay the men, and of course be here doing nothing these ten days perhaps.
Therefore, if your Excellency approves my conduct, please to direct the paymasters, that are to supply us with money, to attend at Cross Creek, where I intend to march with all the haste I can, and stay until I get further orders from you.
P. S. I intend to get arms of such persons, as we march, as are well affected to the State.