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From George Washington to Joseph Reed, 16 June 1780

Head Quarters Jun. 16th 80

D. Sir

The Board of War having informed me, that the city light horse were held in readiness to March to the army, whenever I should signify the necessity of their services—I am to inform your Excellency, that in the present posture of things, they would be of very great utility, and therefore I should be glad, they might march as speedily as convenient. If they [come] I hope they will be able to remain with us, three or four weeks. They may depend on not being detained a day longer than the exigency of service requires. I have the honor to be With the truest esteem & regard Your Excellency’s Most Obedt servant

Go: Washington

P.S. I intreat Your Excellency to hasten the drafts intended for your regiments to Camp without delay—Our situation is now truly delicate; but if Sir Henry Clinton arrives, who is momently expected, and we are not reinforced the worst consequences are to be apprehended.

G. W——n


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