Agreeable to your request I have paid some of the Soldiers their Bounty, and the rest are very uneasy for theirs. The last will not march 'till they get their Bounty and their back rations. I should be very much obliged to your Honor to let me know whether they are entitled to their rations from the day they were drafted or not. They would have marched and been over the line, but Col. Spruell told them, as I am informed by the soldiers, if they did they would never get their Bounty nor their rations, which put a stop to their March, and now they won't March till they get their Bounty. I should be very much obliged to your honor to give me an order on Col. Jos. Spruell, who is Sheriff, for the money to pay their bounty, and the expense of Mr. Blount, as I have hired him to come to your Honor's for the order, as they won't march till they have it. I should have gone to Mr. Skinner's to have seen whether I could get the money of him, but the Sound is frozen over, so that there is no passing across.
N. B. The first, second and third Drafts have not recd. their Bounty. It was owing to my not applying to you for it.