Since my station at this place there has nothing happened worth your Excellency's notice. There now lies at Anchor without the Bar, waiting for a wind to come in a French ship and Brig; an officer of the former is now on board the Caswell who came in for a pilot; which I shall endeavour to procure him to-morrow, as he has declined going off to-night. Several American vessels have arrived and gone to Edenton and South Quay. This place is not at all infested at present with British Cruisers, shall exert myself to keep it so. The reason I did not get down so soon as I
I received your Excellency's favor at Edenton from which it seems to be a doubt (with me) whether the present Assembly will agree to an order of the last, respecting an additional pay to the Caswell's Crew. If this is the case they have brought me in a fine hobble. In consequence of that order (which I rec'd in a letter from your Excellency) I bound myself to every man I shipped to pay them twenty dollars a month, exclusive of the Virginia pay, 'twas also in consequence of that, that I manned the ship. I therefore beg your Excellency with the Honorable the Council, will take it in consideration, and order the pay roll (now offered you by Mr. Cheshire Master of the ship) to be settled. If it is not, I know not what to do, at least I cannot think of keeping the crew on board at my expense, to whom I am already in advance eight hundred pounds, out of my own pocket, and have not a single dollar to defray any imbursement for self or ship, our local situation rendering it impracticable to call on Virginia for every supply make it necessary for me to trouble your Excellency at present on that head, as it's been so long since the men were paid off, and have received promises from me, all of which I've not been able to comply with respecting their money, that I believe they begin to think me guilty of chicanery. Should be proud your Excellency would be pleased to send a Captain's and a Lieutenant's Commission for Samuel Gardner and Hance Bond, who have raised a Company of Marines, under that promise; should be proud to know if allowed for the horse that died. I am
N. B. Having shipped several men since I was at NewBern have made out another full Roll, with a later date than the one left with your Excellency.
Since writing the above, I went ashore to get a pilot to go off