I had the honor this day to receive your Excellency's Letter dated from NewBern 14th June last, recommending me (as agent) to transmit to the principal Towns in each District the Certificates belonging to the officers and soldiers of this Line, who reside or whose representatives reside in the respective Districts, and to appoint some person to deliver them out at each respective place.
I must beg leave to remark to your Excellency that the pay rolls were made up from musters taken in South Carolina in the years 1782 and 1783, and that no mention being made of the residence of any particular person it would be utterly impossible for me to select the Certificates of any particular District, that if this was even practicable I have no power to appoint a person to transact any part of the Business at the public expence, and having no authority to appoint would be personally answerable for any expence or misconduct in the Delivery.
I must also take the liberty of informing your Excellency that I did not receive this appointment on any solicitation of mine but at
I enclose your Excellency a Copy of an advertisement sent to the Hillsborough paper some time since for publication. I shall constantly attend at this place to deliver Certificates, and as one person on bringing the discharges or furloughs with orders, can with much ease transact the Business of a County or District, I flatter myself it will meet your approbation. The mode of delivery by you recommended I should readily comply with if practicable.