The North Carolina Brigade is at this place on their way to join Genl. Lincoln. Their number is about seven hundred, rank and file. It is not altogether certain whether they will go by land or water. I rather think the former. Genl. Washington holds the Virginia Troops in readiness to march there also. Yesterday
We have repeated accounts of an engagement in the English Channel on the 4th of September, and that the combined Fleet was victorious, but not authenticated agreeable to our wishes.
Our Army is busy cantoning—one division on the east side Hudson River, the Cavalry near Danberry, in the border of Connecticut, the main body near the Scot's plains on this side the river. It is supposed head quarters will be at Morris Town.
It would be improper to mention to you on paper the number of our Army. Much might be said of their virtue, good order and discipline. The collected force of the Enemy in New York and its vicinity is supposed to be upward of sixteen thousand. If they were enterprising the consequences might be serious.
Our Treasury is nearly exhausted; we have great dependence on the several States for its restoration; we are about to negotiate to the amount of £200,000 Sterling in Bills of exchange on our Minister at Madrid and our Commissioner, who has gone to Holland, from which we hope for some relief. I momently look for Messrs. Burke, Penn & Jones to deliver Mr. Harnett and myself from the house of bondage. I entreat your Excellency to do me the honor to address a few lines to me in Rowan, which is a place destitute of good intelligence.
P. S. I this moment recollected my having taken an Extract of Genl. Washington's letter of the 20th Ulto., which I enclose you. That to which it refers is of a secret nature.