Your favor covering the order for iron, and of 1st Inst., I have duly rec'd. The order I have sent with full force, and have paid the attention to the Contents of the latter. I have applied to the principal Merchants, and other money-holders, but have been unsuccessful, as I have not had a promise of a dollar for the purpose you want it. The excuses of the Merchants are that they can't dispose of their goods on hand for the money, and others
I shall pay proper regard to your request respecting the prisoners and vessel when procured. Mr. Ogden made an offer yesterday of a Brig. I have desired him to deliver me his proposals in writing, in order to consult the President when he comes in Town. Several Vessels expected in, therefore shall not conclude hastily. Singleton is arrived at Beaufort. The Brig has been in a pretty smart fray on her passage home with a Privateer Schooner of 14 Guns; was engaged, they say, for 3½ hours; had 6 men wounded and 1 killed. Singleton received a small shot in his head. The ship Cornell is hourly expected with 300 bushels salt.