I am to inform your Excellency, that owing to my indisposition I was ordered home, as well for the recovery of my health, as to execute the orders given to me by my Col. (Sumner) the heads of which, I am instructed to transmit to you. I could also wish to inform your Excellency, that it will be impossible for any single man, to take Deserters, and being in no ways authorised to command assistance, I fear, I shall not be able to execute that part of my orders; indeed I had a troublesome, as well as an expensive experience of it this time last year, but shall do my utmost to comply with any order I may receive from your Excellency.
Heads of Col. Sumner's Orders:
To enquire how the recruiting officers, detached from Halifax last April, go on, & what success they have had. To direct recruiting parties with their recruits. To march for Head Quarters immediately and join their Battalion. Rout by way of Petersburg, Fredericksburg, Alexandria &c. To procure money from the Treasurer for their march. To draw money for recruiting and do my utmost in that service, and take up all deserters. To give