The Delegates of the State wrote you a few days ago that they had at last obtained a grant of the remaining $400,000 to complete your draft for $500,000. This was an object which on my arrival I had much at heart to accomplish, fearing the General Assembly might have been induced to have disbanded the new-raised troops for want of money, or emitted proclamation money for the purpose of paying them off; neither of which was, I hope, done. Had our State been represented in Congress at the time of Mr. Blount’s arrival, I am well convinced the money would have been sent. I am happy to find Mr. Burke and Mr. Hill are appointed for a year. By that means I hope the State will not again meet with such usage.
Should your Excellency think proper to instruct your Delegates on matters relative to the State, especially such as may not occur to us, I should be happy. I find when Governors recommend any measure to the Delegates of their States it generally has greater weight with Congress than when propositions are made by them without any letter of instruction for such purpose.
As soon as the $400,000 can be procured from the Treasurer, I shall, in conjunction with my colleagues, send it forward by some safe conveyance in the most expeditious manner.
I must take the liberty once more to press your Excellency to forward as speedily as possible the State’s accounts and vouchers. I
By the newspapers enclosed you will find General Sullivan, on the 29th August, gave the enemy a severe check on Rhode Island before his retreat. This enabled him to cross to the main, with all his baggage and stores, without molestation. The French fleet is in Boston harbor, and Lord Howe, wit ha superior fleet, having been lately joined by six or eight sail of the line, being a part of Admiral Byron’s squadron, are curising off that place. We are told another fleet is hourly expected to reinforce the Count d’Estaing. I wish they may not be intercepted by Lord Howe before a junction is formed with the Count.
If I can persuade Mr. Burke or Mr. Hill to relieve me, my intention is to return home before the winter sets in too severe.
P. S. A very great noise has been made in Congress by the Virginia Delegates relative to a Captain Harper, driven into Currituck by Goutrage, and an attempt is now making to recommend to theMore of this in my next.
General Sullivan acquaints Congress that by accounts received by deserters, but, which is more to be depended on, accounts from persons on Rhode Island, the enemy had 1,061 killed and wounded in the late action, 321 of which were killed and mortally wounded on the field. This seems to account for the enemy suffering our army to make good their retreat, with all their stores and baggage, without molestation, although equal in numbers before the action.