<br /> Lee Letter: n81

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Sir:

Yr. favor dated the 27th. inst was handed to day by Capt McLane,
inclosing your proposals for the incorporation of his company with your
Corps. The measure is desirable, and I should be happy were it in my
power at once to authorise you to proceed on the business, but not
being vested with sufficient powers to [change the establishment of a
Corps] the plan must be referred to Congress. In doing this no time
shall be lost and I sincerely wish it may meet their approbation. When
I ordered Captain McLane to join you I had not an idea of the present
plan, and only meant to afford you his aid with the few men of his
company; sensible of the advantage to be derived from Horse and foot
acting together.

Should the corps be established as you wish you cannot entertain a thought
of making new Officers (the reasons are obvious) but must furnish them
from your own Corps, or from the supernumerary officers of the line now
unimployed; they are numerous and no doubt many fit ones may be found.

The dismounting Dragoons inlisted for that particular service is a delicate
matter and I hope you have considered it well before hand and that you
do not think of taking any, but such, whose inclinations may lead them
to prefer the foot service.

I am, etc.1

Notes:

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