Sir

I had yesterday the honor of presenting your Letter of the 24th to Congress & this Evening by order of the House I issued a Warrant on the
Treasury for 50,000 Dollars for the use of your Corps of Horse payable to Lieutt. Rudulph to whom the warrant is delivered.1 Some difficulties arose in
Congress respecting the propriety of seizing Horses within the State of Maryland which occasioned a Report from the Board of War on that head
to be laid aside for future consideration, in the mean time I have referred Mr. Rudulph to a Gentleman one of the Delegates from that
State who had promised to point out places to him where he may purchase good Horses at about £125 per Horse, & avoid the violence
& danger of seizing private property. Mr. Rudulph will undoubtedly communicate such information as he may receive.

I remain with great regard.
NOTES:

Letter book, Papers of Continental Congress, item 13, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

1 Major Lee’s April 24 letter to Laurens is in PCC, item 78, 14:225 – 26. In it he announced that the bearer, Lt. John Rudolph of Lee’s recently
formed battalion of light dragoons, would wait upon Laurens “to receive instructions concerning procuring horses, and obtaining a
sufficient sum of money for the purposes of recruiting and purchasing accoutrements,” and argued that in view of the high price of horses
it was “absolutely necessary, that some powers be given to certain persons to impress for the service and pay according to valuation on
oath.” Although the Board of War prepared a report proposing to grant Lee authority to impress horses on “the Peninsula formed by the
Delaware and Chesapeake Bays,” Congress, as Laurens delicately informed the major, decided that this report should be “laid aside
for future consideration.” See JCC, 10:401 – 2.