On the subject of Militia the period is so short for which they can be brought into the service, it is deemed best to call upon the Executive of Florida for such a force to serve on foot, as will give protection to the citizens of the country during the summer, except one company to be called from Georgia to be stationed the Okifinokee Swamps within the limits of the state.
If the people abandon their plantations north of the Picolata and St. Augustine road it is because they ore encouraged to do so for the troops youth of that road are sufficient to give them every protection. To prevent cavilling however, a company of footmen will be called for to be stationed among their settlements. If the people of Florida could be induced to occasionally put their own shoulders to the wheel and not rely so much upon the Government, it would have a happy effect in bringing the war to a close. For many of them wish pay and rations without rendering an equivalent in service for the same.
In regards to the change between the 2nd Dragoons and the 4th Infantry I most heartily concur with you in reIation to the same