Your favour of the 4th Inst. I have received. The orders contained therein shall be duly attended to.
I am doubtfull you are greatly deceived with respect to the Quantity of provisions collected here. What that was has been commissioned by Genl. Smallwood's party and the militia that is called together in this country.
I will do everything in my power to have the Quantity you desire to be sent to Hillsborough complyed with, but I am afraid it cannot be done immediately.
Till my arrival at this place ye militia continued to Desert in a most shameful manner. It is now stoped and there is about 130 remaining that is fit for duty.
I only brought with me here 10,000 Cartridges and what can be spared of them will scarce be worth while to send to the Yadkin, therefore shall wait yr farther orders on that head.