Your favour of the 8th instant was handed to me this morning. I shall leave it to your own discression to fix the place of general rendezvous for the reception of the recruits, that which is secure from the enemy, and can best afford supplies for the men, will be the most proper and the most agreeable to me. The great object is to have them collected, organized and equipped for the field as soon as possible, this I am persuaded you will pay every attention to. The present moment is big with importance to this country, and while the tide of sentiment is in our favor, it should be industriously improved.
If you cannot procure any money from the Treasury of North Carolina, I will advance two months pay to those officers who are arranged for immediate service, but I could wish you to obtain it from the State, as the military chest is very Low.