I did myself the honor to write to your Excellency in November last, enclosing an extract of my orders from Col. Sumner, at the same time requesting your instructions how to proceed; the bearer of my letter brought me a verbal answer that you would write to me, at a future day, as yet I have not heard from you, which is the reason of my troubling you at this time.
I intend to set out for camp early next month, if in your Excellency's power, must request you would advance me two hundred pounds. I have drawn no money for either pay or rations since July last, and shall find it extremely difficult to join my Regiment except you will favor me with the above request. This will be handed you by Mr. James Porterfield, by whom I shall be glad to receive your answer, with your instructions. Mr. Porterfield's