I did myself the Honor of writing You Yesterday in an Hour or two after receiving your favor by Genl. Harrington, & delivered the same to that Gentleman immediately, who left Camp in a few Minutes after, & I make no doubt he has Arrived at your Camp before this. I am really much concerned at your Distresses for want of provisions, especially as it is not in my power to relieve you, your Observation, Sir, respecting Genl. Rutherford's Commands & mine having gleaned the Country on both sides the River P. D. of provisions, I must beg leave to offer an Objection to on my part. From Rocky River to Ancrum's plantation, about forty Miles, not a Grain of Corn or Wheat was procured by my people & I presume General Rutherford's Stay On the other side of the River, near the Rout of the Continental Army, was so short, & his Complaints for want of provisions so great, that Little was procured there by his people. That the whole Should Support the Whole I agree, with provision to this, in my humble Opinion, that the whole Should be nearer together, or provisions had in greater plenty than it has been with us, before any can be laid by for those who follow. It Seldom happens that a Man who has not Wherewithal to fill the Bellies of his Family Obliges them to leave off before they have eaten half Sufficient to Satiate their Appetities, in order to lay by the small remainder for the next Comer.
General Rutherford's Brigadier is with me. With great regard,