Your favor of the first Inst. I received last evening by Mr. McAlister, to whom I have paid Ten thousand pounds in discharge of a warrant issued in your favor for that sum to enable you to purchase provision for the army. By him I send a Bond, penalty £50,000, conditioned for your faithful applying and accounting for such public money as you may have or receive in virtue of your appointment. This Bond you will be pleased to get executed and send me on so soon as convenient. It will save the trouble of Bonds on every payment of money.
I expected to have been able to have seen Elizabeth Town before this, but the Troops from the Northward and Eastward come in so slowly that I do not know if I shall get there at all. If I can go that far, I shall be there by Saturday next or within a day or two of that; if I do not arrive in that time, don't look for me, and in that case apply to Genl. Ashe in respect to any supplies for the Army. Your purchases of provisions either for those going on or what must be laid up in the States, as to price, no doubt of your good economy. Let me hear from you as you proceed. I am, Sir,