I take the liberty to enclose to your Excellency the last papers, to which I refer you for news. I am glad to find our Assembly have opened the Courts as well as the Land Office. I wish this measure had taken place sooner. The Taxes also I hope will be
The Grand Army still remains encamped at Valley Forge, unless a large body of the Militia of the adjacent States immediately reinforce them, I have little reason to expect anything decisive can possibly be done this winter, as we are told Genl. Howe's lines are exceedingly strong, and should Genl. Howe be reinforced in the Spring, by a strong body of Troops, I suppose we shall have warm work, unless France and Spain declare War, and this, notwithstanding the great preparation made by those powers, is very uncertain, France finds her account in engrossing the whole Trade of these States, without entering into a war with so formidable a power as Great Britain.
I could have wished our General Assembly had fallen upon the means of calling in all our paper money issued under the sanction of the crown, great distinction has been made by the disaffected in this and many other States, an evil universally complained of, and has been remedied in several very effectually, by calling it all in, at a certain day, after which it is not redeemable by any future tax, neither is it to be taken as a tender. In some States, Treasurer's notes bearing interest are given in lieu of this kind of money, redeemable in one year.
Congress have a high sense of the offer made by our Country, of marching 5000 Militia to the assistance of the Grand Army, and greatly applaud their spirit, whether they will be called for, is not yet known. I suppose they will not, (having so great a distance to march,) unless in case of emergency. But this is no more than my private opinion and not to be mentioned. I take the liberty to enclose a memorandum which Mr. R. Henry Lee put into my hands a few weeks ago, which has been mislaid. I shall be happy in receiving a line from your Excellency when you can find leisure, and am with great respect, your Excellency's mo. ob. & very humbl. Servt.
Being disappointed in sending this forward at the time expected, I cannot help mentioning to your Excellency very shortly a
I am confined in my room by the gout, and therefore cannot with the accuracy I could wish answer your Quere's in regard to Major Genl. Pay &c. I shall do myself the honor of writing you in a short time on that head.
I could wish your Excellency, would fall upon ways and means to procure all the salted pork in your State, for the use of the Continental Army, which Congress have every reason to believe will be greatly distressed for that article, I hope none will be suffered to be exported. Your Bills will be answered.