George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Samuel Miles, 15 August 1781

Head Quarters Dobbs Ferry Augst 15th 1781


The enclosed Dispatches for the Marquis De La Fayette are of the greatest importance—If there is a Chain of Expresses established, that the conveyance may be depended upon in the shortest conceivable time, you will have them instantly forwarded by that mode—If there is no such establishment, I must request you will forward the Letter immediately by a trusty, active Express, with Orders to ride night & day, and to call on the Magistrates, or Miltiary Officers for Horses & assistance; & to deliver the Letter to the Marquis at the earliest possible period.

You will be pleased to acknowledge the receipt of this, noting the moment when it comes to hand & informing me of the mode of conveyance by which you have expedited the Dispatches for the Marquis. I am Sir Your Most Obedt Servt.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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