George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major Henry Lee, Jr., 26 August 1780

From Major Henry Lee, Jr.

26th August [1780] Polly fly [N.J.]


I have the pleasure to inform your Excelly that exclusive of sixty waggon load of forage sent in yesterday, we have I flatter myself two days fresh meat for the army.1

Col. Blains instructions pointed out the stock of sheep at Newark as proper to cull on this emergency.2 I accordingly detached a party to procure a part of them. The people assembled determined to rescue their property by arms. Capt. Carns who commanded my party, very prudently declined forcing the inclinations of the inhabitants, & by his address secured the authority of the Army, & Molified the people with a return of their sheep. They have engaged on your Excellys requisition to furnish two or three hund. head of cattle.3

I presume it would have been highly disagreeable to your Excy to have to have heard a different issue to this business, which would most certainly have happened had not Mr Carns acted with the greatest discretion. I have the honor to be sir your most ob. h. servt

Henry Lee Junr


1For the orders for this forage, see GW to Lee, 24 August.

2The instructions of Ephraim Blaine, commissary general of purchases, to Lee have not been identified.

3For another account of this incident, see Daniel Marsh to GW, this date.

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