Yours of the 7th Inst, did not reach me 'till the evening of the 28th which I hope will excuse my not complying with directions sooner. I enclose you all the returns I have been able to procure. I have never got a return from Col. Cray of Onslow, or Col. Smith of Cumberland, perhaps Col Cray may have his list with him, if so he will furnish your Excellency with it. I hold myself above measure obliged for the Honble command proposed, but am of opinion as things are ordered and circumstanced, should I accept it, I could not acquire any credit by it, or be able to render my Country the service I would desire, or any other person but yourself Tho' I would not wish you to take it should they be required before the next session, should it be judged after that not expedient for you, should it then be offered I may perhaps accept it, but more when I have the pleasure to see you. The 21st Inst. arrived at Wilmington a Flag of Truce with Major Alexr McLeod; Col.