George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Captain Henry Lee, Jr., 16 February 1778

To Captain Henry Lee, Jr.

Hd Qrs Valley Forge Feby 16 1778.

Dr Sr

You are immediately to proceed, with a party of Horse to Dover and the Head of Elk, and in conjunction with the commissaries there, exert your utmost endeavours, to hasten to this Army all the flesh-prov[is]ions, deposited in the Magazines, at those places. In order to this, you are empowerd to impress th[r]oughout the Country any number of Waggons you may stand in need of. I have also written to Genl smallwood, whom you will consult on the occasion, to afford you ev’ry assistance in his power;1 he will furnish you with proper officers, acquainted with the adjacent Country to aid in the execution of your purpose.

After putting in motion all the Provisions in the aforemention’d Magazines, I woud recommend to you to consult Genl smallwood, on the propriety & expediency, of collecting cattle & Forage about the Country to which you are sent, and if any resources can be derived thence towards the relief of our distresses it will be infinitely desireable. I need say nothing to animate your Zeal on this occasion: I am confident you have too just a sense of our necessities to omit any exertion it will possibly be in your Power to make.2 Given at Head Quarters Valley Forge this 16 Feby 1778

G. W——n

Df, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

2For information on the grand forage under way at this time, see GW to Nathanael Greene, 12 Feb., n.2.

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