New Windsor June 25th 81
One of my own Horses which I sent from Camp to be wintered—together with the Horses which usually carried my Canteens & Portmanteaus, I am informed are dead. These losses will occasion a call upon you for four, wch I should be glad to receive as soon as convenient.
If there is a number to choose out of, two may be natural pacers (Horses or mares) the Canteens going easier on them—one of the other two is only to go the length of Phila. with Mrs Washington—one of whose Carriage Horses is, I fear, too lame to perform the Journey. To supply his place, a bay—tolerably likely—and used to drawing would be prefered—If I could get this Horse to day so as to enable Mrs Washington to leave this in the morning I could wait a few days for the others. I am Sir Yr Most Obt Sert
NN: Papers of George Washington.