I am desirous that you mention to Col. Lock, the necessity of having some men sent to gain intelligence agreeable to the rout and direction I gave him, as Genl. Greene also commands, it will be necessary giving such account as they may have of the movements of the Enemy southwardly from Virginia, I think three or four men sufficient for this business.
Capt. Gamble and Major Wallace at Oliphant's Mill, are to continue to hold themselves in readiness, with all the public stores under their care to be taken up to the mountains, under a small guard, with all possible dispatch. I have wrote Capt. Gamble and Major Wallace, A. D. Q. M. at Salisbury and Oliphant's Mill, which letters we are desirous should be immediately sent to them.
Should Major Hogg be moved with the prisoners the letter to him must be forwarded immediately, as Major Ross is charged with a flag and the prisoners southwardly and is to take on these at Salisbury.