I take the liberty to inclose to your Excellency the account as it stands in the Treasury books against our State. Your Excellency will be pleased to observe that a warrant has been procured for $400,000, the balance of your draft for $500,000 for the use of the new-raised levies. As soon as the money is received it shall be sent forward with all convenient dispatch.
Congress did yesterday come to a resolution of sending 1,000 men from Virginia and 3,000 from North Carolina, to march immediately to South Carolina, as the people of that State apprehend that General Clinton (should he leave New York, which we have reason to believe), may take Charleston in his way, to endeavor to retrieve his lost honor in that quarter. The movements of the enemy at New York and Rhode Island seem to indicate an evacuation of those places. Their destination is not known, but as we have every reason to believe, there is a declaration of war between France and England, and that the Spaniard will very soon take part in it, Congress is led to believe the British troops in America must proceed to England, and perhaps a part to the West Indies.
By the resolve of Congress, enclosed to your Excellency by the President, you will find it is the desire of South Carolina that you should take the command of the North Carolina troops, with the rank and pay of a Major-General in the Continental service. I am informed the new levies are let out on furlough until March next. Could those men be collected and sent forward to South Carolina it might save a good deal of expense and trouble in calling out the militia. The President of Congress will mention to your Excellency some other matters relative to this movement, which I am not at present at liberty to communicate; indeed, they are not yet fully determined upon. You may be assured that a supply of money will be sent on immediately to defray the expense of our troops now to be drawn out, exclusive of the $400,000 mentioned above. I should be sorry to hear of any more troops raised or militia embodied in our State unless provision is first made by Congress for their bounty, pay and subsistence, etc., by sending money forward for that purpose.
I am necessitated once more to remind your Excellency to endeavor by all means to send on the accounts and vouchers of our State against the Continent. Surely we must be largely in advance, not having, since the beginning of the war, a military chest established in our State. Had such an establishment taken place in ours, as in other States, the charge against North Carolina would have been trifling indeed.
The South Carolina and Georgia Delegates are so incensed against General Robert Howe that he is directed immediately to join General Washington at headquarters, and General Lincoln is to command in the Southern department. This gentleman is a valuable and experienced officer. He is ordered immediately to repair to Charleston.
I have not had the pleasure of a line from your Excellency since my return to Congress. I hope I have not given you offense. I am sure I have not intentionally. I mentioned in my last that it was the wish of myself and colleagues that your Excellency would give us instructions on any matter to be brought before Congress relative to our State. We find it the practice of the Governors of Assemblies of the other States. Requests thus made are seldom if ever refused.
The affair of the Virginia vessel secured from the enemy by our militia at Currituck has made a great noise in Congress, as she was taken away by persons supposed (by the Virginians) to be some of our people. I hope your Excellency has taken care to have this