Annapolis 30 August 1781 In Council
We are honored by your Excellencys Letter of the 27th and we receive with the greatest satisfaction the intelligence of the approach of the Fleet of our generous Ally. You may rely, Sir, on every exertion that it is possible for us to make, to accelerate the movements of the Army, on an Expedition, the success of which must hasten the establishment of the Independence of America, and releive Us from many of the calamities of War. Orders have issued for the impressing every Vessel belonging to the State and forwarding them, without delay to the head of Elk: but we are sorry to inform your Excellency that since the Enemy has had possession of the Bay, our number of sea vessels and craft has been so reduced by captures, that we are apprehensive what remains, will not transport so considerable a Detachment. We have directed the State officers, to procure immediately by purchase or seizure, 5000 head of Cattle and a large quantity of Flour. there is very little salt provision in the State, but what can be obtained we trust will be collected. Part of the provision will be deposited at the Head of Elk, Baltimore Town, and George Town, most of the cattle will be kept in good pastures, not far distant from the Bay and Rivers, so, that they may with ease be forwarded to any point, where they may be required. We have directed sufficient quantities of Forage to be laid in, at the Head of Elk, Baltimore Town and George Town, for the use of the Army. The third Regiment consisting of about 600 men, under the command of Col. Adams marched from this City, last Tuesday and about 700 of the new Levies now here, will move in a few days.
Every aid that can be given Mr Morris will be afforded with the utmost chearfulness and alacrity. We have the honor to be with the highest personal respect and esteem your Excellencys mo. obedt & mo. hble Servt
Tho: S: Lee
DLC: Papers of George Washington.