<br /> Lee Letter: n137

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

You will be pleased immediately upon the receipt of this to
commence the Forage of Barbadoes Neck and as far up as Polifly. The
necessities of the Army require that it should be executed as
extensively as possible in the Articles of Cattle, Hogs, and Sheep fit
for slaughter. You will endeavour to gain a knowledge of the well and
ill affected inhabitants and make distinctions accordingly, but your
general Rule must be to leave only a sufficiency for the uses of the
several families. You will observe the same Rule as to Horses, fit for
service. If you can procure an intelligent inhabitant to attend you, he
will be useful to you in the above respects. You will endeavour to load
the Waggons which you have impressed and those which will be sent to
you with Oats in preference to any other kind of Forage. Good Hay
should next engage your attention and after that Wheat, or any other
kind of Grain.

Persons from the Quarter Master Genl. and Commy. will attend you and take
an account of and give Receipts for the articles belonging to their
respective departments. The Horses, Cattle, Hogs and sheep are to be
sent as they are collected to the Liberty pole where proper persons
will be ready to receive them. If it is possible, send up forty or
fifty Cattle this Evening. The Forage is to be sent to Bogart’s Mills,
which is about half way between Tappan and Paramus.

I am &c.

P.S. Mr. Worthington1 will receive the Cattle,
Sheep and Hogs at the Liberty Pole, and Mr. Storey the
Horses.2

Notes:

1 Asa Worthington. He was inspector of cattle for the Commissary Department.

2 The draft is in the writing of Tench Tilghman.