I take this early opportunity of informing your Excellency of the present weak state of this garrison and the prospect of its soon being still weaker by the discharge of the draughts in the 3d North Carolina Battalion, whose term of service expires on the 20th inst. Our whole strength present fit for duty by the last returns amounts to 165 rank and file. Our daily guards consist of 82 rank and file, so that we have hardly one relief. Col. Proctor's Regiment was ordered down to Billingsport a few days since, where I expect they will stay during the summer. I shall be glad at your Excellency's directions in respect to the manner in which the draughts are to return to their own state, and whether it would not be necessary to send them in detachments under proper officers. They are very sickly, and I suppose it will be some time before they can all be sent off. One company of the Regiment are stationed at Trenton as a guard to some stores. If your Excellency thinks proper to order them relieved, you will oblige
3rd April, 1779. from Brig. Gen. Hogun.
His Excellency, George Washington, Esqr.,
Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the United States.
Favor'd by Colo.Patton.