Richard Caswell, Esq.
Governor and Commander in chief of said State.
To the commanding officer of the Continental Troops now in the State aforesaid.
You are hereby required to order all the recruits, persons on furlough and Deserters, apprehended in this State to Rendez-vous at Halifax as soon as you think the same may be practicable, so as to make me a general return thereafter, on the last Monday in February next at Johnston Court house, which you are required punctually to do, and to hold yourself and the officers under your command in readiness to march immediately thereafter to such place as you may be directed.
Given at Newbern under my hand and seal at arms, the 14th day of January Anno Domini 1778.