The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

From Colonel Henry Lee, Jr.,

He "arrived here this day, & found General Marian destitute of that sort of intelligence necessary for the full execution" of Lee's "designs." As "loss of time cannot be admitted," Lee has formed a plan— "too long to explain"— for which he has great hopes. His "loss cannot be much," while his "gain will be tolerable, [and] may be complete."[1] Requests a reinforcement of sixty infantry to "take post at Mr Benjamin Ports." Also wants "two good boats" to carry horses; the boats might be used to bring the reinforcements.[2]
Autograph letter signed (MiU-C) 1 p.
    [1.] For more on the attack on Georgetown, see Lee to NG, second letter of 25 January (PGNG, 7: 197-199)
    [2.] NG replied on 26 January (PGNG, 7: 202-204).