Your favour of the 16th I had the Honour to receive this Morning. The militia are coming in pretty fast, but I fear the number directed to be raised will not be completed by at least one-third. Colonel Armand's Corps arrived at Cross Creek a few days past. I am unhappy in being obliged to acquaint you that Provisions and Forage cannot be supplied for your army at this place; indeed, I mean the Militia here can be supplied but a few days longer. I have made some enquiries respecting the Road from Hillsborough to P. D. and find that the Road by Woods', on Haw River; Coxe's, on Deep River; McArthur's, on Drowning Creek, to Haley's, on P. D., is the most direct, and where there is the greatest probabilities of subsisting the army. From Woods' to Conner Dowd's, on Deep River, thence by Seal's Road into the Road five miles from Coles' Bridge, on Drowning Creek, which is twenty-five miles Eastward of Haley's, on P. D., (leading from Cross Creek to Haley's,) is about ten miles farther than the Road last mentioned, and Provisions cannot be obtained after being Fifty miles on that Road from Hillsborough; but where Seal's Road comes into the Cross Creek Road, or at Coles', (25 miles from P. D.,) a junction may be formed by your Troops and the Militia under my command, though neither Provisions or Forage to be had at either of these places.
From every account I have been able to obtain, the Enemy have a Post at the Cheraw Hill, thirty miles from Coles' Bridge, on the west side of P. D., about fifteen miles below Haley's, where they have about 500 Regulars of the 71 Regiment, commanded by Major McArthur; that from three to six hundred Tories are enlisted under a Col. Harrison; that a Post is also established at a place called the Long Bluff, about 15 miles below the Cheraw, where they have a command of about forty men, & to that place they have collected all the boats between Haley's and that place on P. D., and a Considerable Quantity of Corn, some Salt and arms; that small detachments are made from those Posts, who have crossed the River and plundered the Inhabitants as far