<br /> Lee Letter: n76

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

I have received your favour of yesterday. You will proceed with
your corps with as much expedition as you can without injuring your
horses to the vicinity of Suffrans.1 Baron De
Kalb is directed to have two companies of light infantry formed to join
you there and act with your corps. He is to endeavour to have a junior
officer [sent] to you to command it, that the whole may be under your
direction. The intention of your command will be to countenance the
militia, plague the enemy and cover the country from the depredations
of their light parties, as much as possible. The enemy have now a body
at Kings ferry and appear to be establishing a post at Stoney point to
which quarter your attention is principally to be directed.

I leave you at perfect liberty to dispose of yourself as you think most
proper for answering the purposes I have mentioned consistent with the
security of your corps. Your utmost vigilance and attention will be
necessary, as you will be entirely detached and unsupported, and will
act in a very disaffected country, the inhabitants [of which] will give
the enemy every kind of intelligence, to enable them to take advantage
of your situation. You will take every measure in your power to acquire
information of their situations, movement and designs and give me the
earliest advice of every occurrence.

I am, etc.

P.S. I wish you to exert yourself to keep up the spirits of the militia.
The instructions, which you were told should be lodged for you at Genl
Greenes quarters were sent there. 2

Notes:

1 Sufferns Tavern (spelled also Suffran), in Orange County, N.Y., near the
mouth of Smith’s Clove, and kept by John Suffern.

2 The draft is in the writing of Alexander Hamilton. The words in brackets,
which are omitted and missing from mutilation, are supplied as the
probable readings. The postscript is in the writing of Richard Kidder
Meade.