Agreeable to the instructions received from your Excellency at New Bern, I purchased and delivered to the Troops, on their arrival at Wilmington, Rum, Sugar & Coffee, as much as the Genl. thought necessary, and nearly to the amount of the sum you procured me for that purpose. I likewise purchased for the use of the Brigade sundry Goods, particularly linens, with which the officers were well pleased, being much in want of shirts. Cloth of a proper Color for Regimentals, Hats and Boots they are still much in need of, but expect that I will proceed immediately to Charlestown to procure these articles for them. No doubt if the Council has done anything on that head your Excellency will give me the necessary instructions. A large quantity of Goods has lately arrived in Charlestown; such another opportunity may not be a great while.
I purchased from Major Walker at Wilmington Goods to the amount of £11,000 in part pay of which I gave him a warrant for £8,000. Your Excellency will please send me a small warrant for the balance, both of which the Sheriff of Brunswick has engaged to take up. On my return from Wilmington, I recd. from the Sheriff of Bladen £8,000, which the warrant I gave Major Walker was first intended; you will please, Sir, send me another to replace it. It will also be necessary that I should have one or two of eight or ten thousand each in my hands, as I shall be in constant want of Cash for the service.
My little step son waits on you Excellency with this letter. I procured a small public horse from the Quarter Master, which I am apprehensive will not be able to bring him back. Shall take it as a favor, Sir, if you will give him an order on Mr. Tillery for a better.