I inclose you Col. Emmet's letter to inform you how Infamously the Newbern District hath behaved, and I am told cheafly owing to Capt. Thomas; I will gard the river on acct. of the Baggage & as far as lies in my power, but the greatest part of the good people in this County is Engaged back against the Toryes, and seems Very Loth to go Against the British And Leive their Families Exposed to a set of Villians, who Dayley threattains their Destruction. I intend seting out for Wilmington on Thursday with what few I can raise; at which time you shall hear from me; and am, with due respect, your humble servant,
P. S. The News Consarning the British at Hilsboro I am perswaided is false.