<br /> Lee Letter: n77

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Sir:

I recd your favor of yesterday’s date and am happy to find you are in
the neighbourhood of the enemy and make no doubt but you will fully
answer the purposes of your being placed there. The Stores you mention
to have been at Kekiat1 were there without my
knowledge, and I much approve the removal of them. As to the live stock
being driven off as you mention, within a certain distance, tho’ a
desirable circumstance, Yet I would not have you to undertake it
without the approbation of the Officers commanding the Militia, and the
well affected inhabitants; when if you gain their approbation I should
wish the measure to be put into execution immediately.

Capt McLane I fully intended to have joined you before this and thought he
had received orders for that purpose, but owing to some mistake I find
it was not done; he is however now ordered to march and place himself
under your command with his company. Your Letter of this date is just
come to hand.

I am, &c.2

Notes:

1 Kakiat (Kakeate) was 5 or 6 miles east of Suffern’s on the road leading to
Haverstraw, and a mile or so less than that below Haverstraw.

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