Williamsburg 17th Sepr :81
You will please to send to this place for the use of the Genl & field officers expected from the head of Elk twelve good Horses—they will be wanted till their own come by land, only—let a Commisioned Officer come with them that he may regularly account for their delivery—He will report himself, & these Instructions to the Marquis de la Fayette upon his arrival. Besides these, I shall want two of your best horses for my own use, & four for my Aids till our own can be a little recruited from long & severe Service. My two (which are to be relieved) I send to your care, & beg you will commit them to some Dragoon, or other person in whom you can confide, for the necessary attention to them. I am Sir Yr most Obedt Ser.