Col. Thomas Hervey being drafted to march the Militia that was drafted in July and December last, he being in such a bad state of health at present it is out of his power to march with them, and he is very desirous to do every thing in his power, hath employed Mr. Benj. Dillen a substitute in his place. If he meets with your Excellency's approbation, he, the said Col. Hervey, desires you will Commission him accordingly. I am sorry the Militia that was drafted in this Brigade hath delayed marching in the manner they have done. I have done every thing in my power to hasten them on. There is more trouble with the officers that is drafted to march them than the men; I have understood your Excellency hath been troubled with some of them. I have never had it in my power to make a return of this Brigade in the manner it ought to be, for want of a proper return from the Cols. of the different Regiments, nor of the drafted Militia, but I do expect a return in a very short time from them all. As soon as I get them I shall send them.
P. S. Col. Hervey was drafted about 8th or 10th of Dec., last.