We have purchased a Boat for the use of Fort Hancock, as our necessity was so great and we could not possibly do without. Col. Thompson was kind enough to advance the money to pay for her; the price was three hundred pounds; hope your Excellency will assist in procuring the money for him. My soldiers have received their money which gives them new spirits, but are suffering much for want of their cloaks, as I have never heard from Mr. Craig since at Beaufort. I am Sir,
N. B. If Mr. Craig has not purchased the clothing, I believe Col. Thompson would undertake to furnish them, if he was appointed. I think Mr. Craig lives at too great a distance to supply us properly.