According to your instructions I ordered all the officers within this State, together with their new recruits, deserters apprehended, and men on furlough, to meet me at Halifax the 3rd Monday in February, so as to be enabled to make you a general return the 4th Monday of this month as you desired, but a bad state of health put it out of my power to attend myself, however I wrote the commanding officer at Halifax to make out a general return of what officers and soldiers appeared, together with what clothing and other necessaries are wanting for them, and send it to me at Johnston Court House the 4th Monday where I was determined to meet them without fail, to make you the returns desired, but I am so very unwell yet, that I cannot walk or rise without very great pain. Therefore I have sent Capt Rice to receive the returns from Halifax, and make them to your Excellency who will also inform you the reasons I can't attend myself and situation I am in. You will therefore be kind enough to give the orders for myself and the rest of the officers, to Capt. Rice for me.
According as I promised, I sent to Col: Henderson for the Deeds and Maps of Transylvania, to have sent to your Excellency by Capt Rice, but Col: Henderson being at Halifax Court I missed getting them, however I will send for them again immediately, (and if I am not ordered to the Northward soon) I will as soon as able wait on you with them, for I am very desirous of getting you interested in the lands we purchased of the Indians, but should I be ordered away, I will send them to you without fail, you may depend. I am Sir, your mo. ob. huml. Servt.
P. S. Yesterday I received a letter from Capt Hall, in the Hallows, which I have also enclosed you.