George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major Henry Lee, Jr., 5 August 1780

To Major Henry Lee, Jr.

Head Quarters Peeks-kill 5th August 1780

Dr Sir

I received your letter from Eastown of the 31st ulto.1

Before this the Quarter Master General will have transmitted you orders.2 I have to request after their execution, that you will immediately repair to the main army at Dobbs’ ferry—by way of the Two bridges.3 I am Dr Sir Your obt & hble sert

Go: Washington

LS, in James McHenry’s writing, ViHi; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1On 31 July, Lee wrote GW from Easton, Pa.: “The moment I had fixed Captain Rudulphs business in Monmouth county, I proceeded to this town; where I am waiting for my orders” (ALS, DLC:GW). For Capt. John Rudulph’s “business” and Lee’s purpose at Easton, see GW to Lee, 24 July, and Lee to GW, 25 July.

2Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene issued the orders on 30 July (see GW to Lee, 24 July, n.2).

3For the two bridges, see General Orders, 12 July, n.1.

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