I have this day received a letter of the 10th Inst. from Col. John Salter, informing me that Col. James Gorham had destroyed his Commission 6 months past, and refuses to give any orders, that the Militia is much out of order, and that reports by General Simpson and others have been propagated so as to induce a belief that Commissions dated before the peace, are of no effect, desiring new Commissions to be forwarded to him.
Now Sir, you know that unless Col. Gorham had made a formal resignation of his Commission no new one can regularly issue, and if he thinks proper to do so, the advice of the Council must be had on the appointment of his Successor, who is to continue in office only until the succeeding Assembly. As I have not a list of the present field officers for Pitt, I have taken the liberty of troubling you with the Commission; please to fill in the four for the field
I am really concerned to hear Col. Gorham is so dissatisfied. It will give me pleasure to know that he retracts and will enter spiritedly into the business. If he accepts the Commission and does not attend to orders you, I have no doubt, will do your duty.
Excuse the trouble I give you, out of the immediate line of your duty. It being within your own County, was the inducement to it.