Your favor from Warrenton I received by my son Winston and am very glad that you accept the appointment of a deputy to the Convention. I am sensible you will thereby sacrifice Interest, but the public on some occasion require it and I think particularly in this Business.
I would have forwarded your Warrant before this, but I had flattered myself it might be necessary to forward Warrants for Mr. Willie Jones at the same time. This however I have been mistaken in, as this day I have received his letter in which he declines the service, which I am exceedingly sorry for not only on account of his Country’s not having his able services but the difficulty I shall meet with in supplying his place.
Colo. Martin suggested the necessity of a Commission, I have therefore made out separate ones lest the Gentleman in possession of a General Commission might not attend, & have taken the liberty of enclosing yours with three warrants on the Collectors for £64 each.
I am not certain if I shall be able to go to Philadelphia, but whether I do or not should be glad to know what Time you intend to set out, if you go. I expect to be at Halifax the 20th of April and Petersburg the 22d, to this effect I have written to Governor Martin
Do you know any gentleman who would go willingly to supply Mr. Jones’s appointment that you would recommend. If you do I shall be glad to be informed early because I must look out and in case I find a Gentleman suitable before I hear from you, as that is uncertain the vacancy may be filled. It would give me pleasure to appoint one who would be agreeable to the Gentlemen who go on the service.