I was favored with your letter of the 19th Current in answer to mine by Express, and am much obliged to you for your friendly offers of serving me, and also for the information you have given me of the state of matters in your collectors department.
I make it a rule to draw all public money, on the Treasury only.
The Bearer, Charles Markland, Jun., for my son Winston Caswell, waits on you with a warrant for four hundred pounds, the sum you signified would be in hand the latter end of this week. Please to pay it him. I have written to Mr. Hunt the Treasurer informing him that I should draw for £1733.6.8. and that I had written to the Collectors to retain what monies they have in hand, subject to the payment of such warrants by advice. This you will please to attend to, as I will advise you of the warrants drawn. I have also requested the Treasurer to forward to me Letters to the different Collectors requesting them to take up these warrants in preference to any other and have acquainted him the particular public call there is for this money, so that I have not a doubt of his sending me the letters, on the receipt of which I will transmit the one I expect for you, without delay, to your office. As I am apprehensive but a small part of the sum required will be obtained from the other parts I must entreat you to be as speedy in the collection of what sums may be due in your office as possible, and that you hold the same subject to the discharge of the warrants above alluded to, but of this I will advise you more fully on the return of my messenger to Hillsborough when I expect to be able to let you know the particular Sum I will expect from you, and the time I shall draw for it.