George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, 28 October 1780

Light Camp October the 28th 1780

My dear General

if I have properly understood your letter you had not an immediate occasion for me, and the matters you wanted to talk of with me are not to be so soon put in execution as to Require my going this day to head quarters—I have therefore differd the Moving of my troops and that of my person till to morrow—if on the Contrary there was the Least occasion for my going to head quarters I Beg you will please to let me know it that I may immediately go there.

inclos’d I have the honor to send you Arnold’s second proclamation which in point of impudence exceeds all his former works. if Lee goes from me I will Apply for some dragoons from other Corps—the difference made By his presence in my security is equal to the doubling of piquets and patroles—I wish Congress would give him a corps of two hundred horse and three hundred foot—Was an other commission necessary I would give it to him Because the poor fellow cannot help having abilities superior to his Rank—he will, I think, be very useful to the Southward.

inclos’d are two letters for Rhode island which I have Receiv’d from philadelphia—The Minister has told me that one of his letters to Count de Rochambeau had been an immense Number of days along the Road, and that he has found one of his letter to me from Rhode island in I don’t know whose hands at hartfort—I think the Best way is to keep those letters for the expresses or when pressing to send expresses for them—if an express goes to morrow I will send to Count de Rochambeau a project for a Contract of flour which I will show to you Before I seal my dispatch.

Adieu, my dear General, with the highest Respect and tenderest affection I have the honor to be Yours



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