Yesterday your Favour of the 15th ultimo came to hand enclosing a letter from Capt. Caswell, which shall be immediately forwarded to him, and you may be assured that every possible attention will be paid to him by me, with the greatest pleasure. I have written to you on every subject which you suggest in your letter, by many appointments, and am much concerned to find they had not reached your hands before the date of your last. I hope however you have received them long before this, and you will perceive by them that I have paid the most early and diligent attention to your commands.—The business relative to Col. Sheppard's Battalion and the Artillery Company underwent no delay except what was absolutely necessary for the several references and reports incident to the War Department. The result on both was, the Battalion was taken into Continental pay as one of the 16, (the stipulations being observed), the Company also taken into pay, (but not annexed to any Battalion), and both are ordered to join the Grand Army without delay. The Resolutions relative to these were transmitted to you both by the Board of War and byth July, and we have since heard nothing more of him, but presume he has before this arrived in your State with three hundred thousand dollars and some proc. which Mr. Penn charged him with. From Mr. Penn's having with him the Resolve, and from some other circumstances, I concluded he was chiefly expected to transact this business. This however did not prevent me from giving the most diligent attention to it, and I can assure you that no unnecessary delay happened after his arrival here. For, although he undertook to do that part of the business which respected the Treasury, and I what respected the Board of War, yet I gave the strictest attention to both, nor did I perceive him in the least remiss.
As the post is just going out I have not time to add any thing more to this letter, except that we have been for some days under expectations of an invasion of this State. The enemy's fleet sailed from New York, as you will see by my last, and they soon appeared off the capes of Delaware: after hovering there several days, they steered away, but it is not agreed what cause. Gen. Washington is here, and great part of the Army encamped in the neighborhood. The movements of the enemy have disappointed both Whigs and Tories. The latter wished for them in order to their subduing us, and the Whigs wish for them in full confidence, that