<br /> Lee Letter: n109

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

I have recd. your favr. of the 24th. by Captn.
Rudulph.1 I should have been glad had it
been possible for your corps and Colonel Armands to have found a
position in Monmouth County capable of supplying the Cavalry of both
with Hay forage, as it would, in my opinion, have best answered the
object which I have principally in view, that of covering the Country
and preventing the intercourse with the Enemy. Should that be
impracticable, I would propose the following mode of cantonment, the
Horse to fall back to Burlington, and the foot of both Corps to remain
on advance, taking up their quarters at a distance from the shore far
enough to prevent surprise, but still to be able to send patroles
towards those places at which the enemy most commonly land and to which
the Country people usually carry their produce. Should this duty be
deemed too hard for a constancy, I must then send a temporary command
from this Army, and shall station your Infantry and Colo. Armands at
Trenton, at which place a guard is called for by the Board of War to
preserve the Stores which accumulate there for this Army. You will be
pleased to confer with Colo. Armand upon this subject, and let me know
the result as soon as possible. You shall then receive a decisive order
in the Matter.

I am etc.2


1 Capt. Michael Rudolph.

2 The draft is in the writing of Tench Tilghman.