Head Quarters Janry 15th 1781
His Excellency has received such intelligence as induces him, to direct the preparations, which were making for Marching the Detachment to be discontinued: You will be pleased therefore, to Order the Horses (should any have been brought in), to be returned, & that no more should be procured without further Instructions from him.
The want of Forage has become so distressing, and all our applications have been so ineffectual that the General requests Your particular attention to this subject. For unless some better supply can be obtained, the Horses at Head Quarters must inevitably perish, the Generals have not had one handful of hay for these two or three days. I am Sir Your Most Obedt Hble Servt
P.S. Pray let us hear some good news respecting Forage.
DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.