George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Captain George Lewis, 14 November 1778

From Captain George Lewis

Bristol [Pa.] 14th of November 1778


By orders receiv’d of Captain Jones, from your Excellency, I have made an exact return of the remainder of our Regiment, which you have inclosed.1 Those Horses return’d Sick and Lame, will never be fit for the Service Longer, Should be glad to know your Excellencys pleasure what would be best done with them, the Qr Master Complains that the forrage they have already distroyed is more than they would Sell for, is of opinion that they had better be advertis’d for Sail as soon as possible.

The Last return sent, Capt: Stith begs leave to acquaint your Excellency, was as exact as the distressed Situation of the Regiment at that time would admit of.2 Capt: Jones is desierous of Returning to Virginia this Winter on Furlough agreable to General Orders. Should you think proper to indulge Him with one. Am Dr Sir with every Respect & esteem Yrs

Go: Lewis


1The enclosed “Return of the Third Regiment of Light Dragoons Commanded by Colo: George Baylor Bristol 14th of November 1778,” signed by Lewis, lists 9 commissioned officers, 14 noncommissioned officers, 148 rank and file, and 66 horses (DLC:GW).

2No earlier return has been found, but see GW to John Stith, 1 October.

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