<br /> Lee Letter: n50

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

You are immediately to proceed, with a party of Horse to Dover
and the Head of Elk, and in conjunction with the Commissaries there,
exert your utmost endeavours, to hasten to this Army all the flesh
provisions deposited in the Magazines, at those places. In order to
this, you are empowered to impress throughout the Country, any Number
of Waggons you may stand in need of. I have also written to Genl.
Smallwood, whom you will consult on the occasion, to afford you every
assistance in his power, he will furnish you with proper Officers,
acquainted with the adjacent Country, to aid in the execution of your
purpose.

After putting in motion all the provisions in the aforementioned magazines,
I wou’d recommend to you to consult Genl. Smallwood, on the propriety
and expediency of collecting Cattle and Forage about the Country to
which you are sent, and if any resources can be derived thence towards
the relief of our distresses it will be infinitely desirable. I need
say nothing to animate your zeal on this occasion. I am confident you
have too just a sense of our necessities to omit any exertion it will
possibly be in your power to make.1

Notes:

1 The draft is in the writing of Richard Kidder Meade.