Your Excellency’s Favor of the 7th inst. came to hand yesterday, which was the first I had heard of the Prize you mention, and upon inquiry from Mr. Neale, who came to this place last Night, I find I am too late, as he tells me the sale of the Prize began at Beaufort yesterday, and from what we can learn they sell for Specie only. I have not as yet impressed any Tobacco but have taken a List of what remains at this Warehouse from the Inspector’s Book, and the Tobacco cannot be taken away for want of water in the River, so that I have declined that very disagreeable task till I hear further from you. But should your Excellency find it must be done, (altho’ disagreeable) I will immediately upon the receipt of your Letter impress it, but would wish to know from you how I am to proceed in that particular. There is at this time 291 hhds. Tobacco at this Warehouse, 160 of which I have Purchased. The remainder is chiefly purchased by Mr. Richard Blackledge and Mr. John Gray Blount, of Washington. From the best information I can obtain, but little Tobacco remains at Washington, though a great deal has been carried there. As I have not been able for some time past to Purchase any for want of Salt. Mr. Blackledge has engaged a good deal more Tobacco which I believe will come to this Warehouse soon.
Col. Long is requested to forward this to the Governor as soon as published.
Letter from R. Bignall, 11th Sept., 1781.