<To His Excellency Governor Dobbs by Express>
Charles Town 10th September 1757.
The Highland Battalion commanded by Lt. Colonel Montgommery being arrived here, I believe that for the present time, we could Save you the Trouble and Expence of sending in your 200 Men. I do not know what Lord Loudoun will do with all the Regulars who are here, but I suppose that He will order some of them back to the No.ward next Winter or rather in the Spring, in which case your Troops could still be wanted. For the present I think it will be sufficient to keep them in readiness at any Event.
We have no News except what your Excellency may see in the News papers, The last Vessels from Europe having had very long Passages.
I take the Liberty to recommend to your Excellencys Protection the Officers and Men, I found to send to your Province, by the great Scarcity of Men in those Parts, and our Want of Recruits to compleat the Americans. I beg your Excellency will issue the necessary Orders that they may get Quarters; and so they complain extremely that they have been imposed upon in an exorbitant manner, for the price of Provisions, I wish that some Regulations could be made in your Province in that regard, agreable to the Act of Parliament, without which it will be impossible to carry on the Service in this Continent.
Since your Troops are not to somewhere for the present, I desire your Excellency wou'd let me know who I could repay the Money that may be advanced to our Officers for the Recruits.
I beg leave to offer my Service to Major Dobbs, and remain very respectfully
Your most obedient &c.