From Colonel George Baylor
Fredsburg [Va.] July 13th 1778
Since my last letter to you I have made few or no purchases of Horses.1 having got all in this part of the country which wo’d answer as troopers, excepting the best kind; the price of which I think too extravigant, from two to three hundred pounds.
I have repeatedly spoke to Mr Hunter and his maniger at his works about the armes which I had engaged, they as often tel me that they shall be done, which has by no means been compli’d with. I have been frequently deceiv’d & much disappointed by them.2
Major Wash[i] ngton who could be no longer servisable here is gone to join his Regiment. A party of 36 men & 60 Horses of Colo. Blands, left this yesterday for Camp. I shall send off a party of 20 men and 40 Horses tomorrow under Lieut. Randolph. the men & Horses which I send, I think are good and pretty well Traind.
enclosd is the proceedings of a Regimental court of enquirery on Lieut. John Baylor for gameing, whome I have arrested. his plea is, a total ignorance of your ever having issued orders forbiding it. I should be glad to have your derections respecting him.3
As there is but little prospect of our geting many more Horses, I think it will be unnecessary to keep the recruits which I have got, here, for the purpose of taking the Horses to Camp, as I believe men may be got now, as fast as Horses.
Give me leave Sir in the most sincere manner to congratulate you on your signal suckcess in the Jearsy. I am dr Sir with the greatest Respect your most obedt and very Huml. Servant.
ALS, DLC:GW; ADfS, owned (1980) by Mr. David Rust, Leesburg, Virginia.
3. The court, held at Fredericksburg, Va., on 3 July, found John Baylor guilty (DLC:GW).