Light Camp 16h Octr 80
I waited on Col. Dey yesterday, but received no information favorable to the business you was pleased to charge me with.
On my return last evening the Marquis mentioned to me the same matter as very eligible, & Col. Hamilton made some enquiry on the same subject.
I communicate this to your Excellency, least a mention of it by those gentlemen to you may alarm you, on the score of secrecy. Be assured Sir I shall endeavor most earnestly to accomplish you wishes, & have hopes to establish commencement on wednesday next.
I beg leave to acquaint you, that I Made application to the board of war for saddles & cloathing for my corps in August last. They expected supply from France, & therefore declined the necessary orders for furnishing them—our wants are now pressing particularly the article of saddles, that I think it necessary to request your Excellencys interposition on this head, otherwise much delay will probably occur in the transaction—We have never had but one set of saddles since in service with a few new ones annually—They are now alltogether unfit for service. As they will necessarily be made, I could wish to have them done on a model of my own, & that one of my officers might superintend their making. I have the honor to be Sir with the most perfect respect your Excellys most h. sert
Henry Lee, Secnd
P.S. the fleet fell down to the narrows yesterday morning.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.