North Castle Decr 2d 1780
I have had the Honor to recive your Excellencys orders of the 27th Ulto agreeable to which the Regimint will march as soon as the Horses are shod (which will be in a day or two) for Colchester. I trust your Excellency has been informed that there is a magazine of forage prepared at that place, tho’ I fear we shall be disappointed in our expectations.
As I am directed to march my Regt to winter Quarters I should naturally conclude all Detached Commands would be called in. I have however omited to call off the Stages of Expresses, whose Horses are much worn down, untill I hear further from your Excellency on that head. I have the Honor to be with the gratest Regard your Excellencys most obt and Humbe Servt
Elisha Sheldon Col. 2d L.D.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.