I recd. yours of the 6th inst. and am very happy to hear his Lordship is fixed in the manner you mention. Hope he will meet with a total defeat. Shall give out orders to the different Colos. to endeavour to raise men agreeable to your Excellcys. request, but am very doubtful few will turn out, unless a Draught. I have recd. but one return from the Counties in this District, and that quite contrary to orders & by no means complying with your orders, and only 12 Men collected of the Three Months Drafts as the Enemy are very still at Wilmington. Hope to have all the three months men collected shortly, and get in the returns which shall be forwarded as quick as possible.