Shrewsbury 25th July 1780
Admiral Arbuthnot after many maneuvres off & on has at length moved with his fleet towards Rhode-island & Sir Henry Clinton is preparing to push up the sound with an army.
I have recd your Excllys let. of the 24th.
I shall arrange matters here, & commit the execution of them to Capt. Rudulph, & prepare my route to Easton.
I hope my orders may meet me there, as I wish to expedite the business, not only as it tends to the good of the army, but as it will releive me from a tour of duty which is foreign to the employment I could wish to be engaged in. I have the honor to be with the most perfect respect your Excellency’s Most Ob. h. Sert
Henry Lee Junr
DLC: Papers of George Washington.