<br /> Lee Letter: n79

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dr Sir:

While I was at West point I recd your favors of the 15th. and 17th. This
will be delivered you by Corpl. Harrison, who carries the party of
horse that have been with me. I do not wish them to be relieved from
your corps. As matters now stand, I rather approve your present
position, than one on the other side of the river; you have fully
answered the purpose of your command where you are, and a removal as
things are now situated, would defeat the design of placing you there.
it may however be necessary hereafter to make a change, and I shall be
happy at all times of affording you the opportunity, of rendering
service to your country, and acquiring honor to the Corps.

The absent party of McLane’s company mentioned in your letter of the 15th,
I will write to Genl. Sullivan to order down, that they may join the
Capt.

I must request an explanation, of that part of your letter respecting the
dismounting some of your men, in order to form a company of Infantry;
whether you mean to reduce your number of Dragoons or to supply their
place with others, and whether the men who have been inlisted into the
horse service will reconcile the measure.

I am, etc.

I would not have you to be too sanguine as to the coming of McLane’s men
for they may be so situated as to make their return
improper.1

Notes:

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