Your favor by Coll. Hawkins, and the express came to hand. I am obliged to you for the trouble you have so readily taken.
I wish we could have had more success in procuring arms and Military Stores in your part. I perceive by an Intercepted letter from Major Craig to Lord Cornwallis that the Enemy have great reliance on our want of arms and ammunition.
I have Sir in Contemplation the Carrying on Operations against the enemy at Wilmington and their post in that Neighborhood, and am taking measures for assembling a force and making arrangements that may give great probability of Success. Arms, Ammunition and provisions are Essential, a good body of Cavalry and some Artillery will be Necessary. The Measures I have taken will give me exact returns of the force and arms of the Counties you mention by the beginning of next month, and as they are near at hand, from them we can draw reinforcements.