I had the pleasure of writing you some time past requesting you would look out a proper person to be appointed officer of the Guard to be raised for the protection of the Magazine at Halifax, and recommend him to me for the appointment, and also to contract with some person to supply the Guard with provisions agreeable to a resolve of the General Assembly, but have not been honored with a line from you in answer.
I have since writing to you appointed an officer, who could by no means raise any men, for barely the pay of the Continental Soldiers, which was the occasion of my laying the matter before the Council, and that produced a Resolution of which I enclose you a copy on your informing any person whom you think worthy of the command, of the Guard at Halifax and who will accept, 'tis probable he will be able to raise men on the terms recommended by the Council, pray let me hear from you soon that this Guard may be raised before the Regular Troops, (who I am informed are your present Guard,) leave Halifax, as the Magazine there is of too much consequence to the States, to be left without a Guard. If a proper person is not to be found who will undertake to supply provisions on the terms held out by the General Assembly pray agree with some person to supply and keep a regular account of his disbursements, and obtain proper vouchers for the same, to be laid before the General Assembly, who I have not the least doubt will allow the same with what may be reasonable for such persons services.
If I am favored with your recommendation by the return of the bearer, it will enable me to send the Commission and warrant on the Treasury for Bounty Money so as to prevent too great delay in completing this business. I am with great respect Sir, your mo. ob. Servt.