George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Lee, 11 June 1780

Scotch-Plains 10 O’clock A.M. June 11th 1780

On receipt of your Excellency’s letter directing the cavalry to halt, the corps were billeted in the vicinity of Chester-town.

Your lettr of the 8th inst. reached us on the 9th in the afternoon—The Troops moved at three oclock, & arrived here this morning.

We mean to halt & refresh for a few hours & then pursue our route to springfield—Your Excellency will please to favor me with your orders by Adjutant Gordon who bears this, & will meet me at Springfield in the evening.

I am happy in assurring your Excellency, that the zeal of both officers & soldiers is increased by the increase of difficulty; & that an universal anxiety has operated on us all, to hasten our participation of common danger & distresses. The infantry had embarked for Portsmouth before the receipt of orders to halt, & are now in waiting on James’s river, Virginia. I have the honor to be sir with the warmest attachmt your Excellys obt sert

Henry Lee Junr

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