The Papers of General Nathanael Greene


From Colonel Henry Lee, Jr.

{My} dear Genl

I find it repugnant to common sense & common milita{rism} for a light corps to expect {to} operate advantageously with even a single waggon. Consequently {I} have dismissed mine & they moved yesterday evening to {join} the army. By the sergea{nt} who conducts them I sent your letters, not expecting to find {it} necessary to send you an express this day.
One of my officers just returned from Gen. Marion. The interview was not so favourable to my intentions as I had flattered myself. However I mean to pass the Pedee & see further into things & measures.
Should I determine to strike I will advise you. Should I s[uc]ceed I recommend the movement of your army to this country. It will secure my recrossing the river & in my opinion such a movement in case of my success will necessarily draw the major part of the B.[ritish] Army towards their lost ground. Here are plenty of provision & a direct rou[te] to the Cross Roads. This is only a suggestion. I am most respectfully

your h Servt

Henry Lee Junr

Autograph letter signed (Greene Papers: DLC) 3 pp. The manuscript is damaged; portions were taken from a GWG Transcript, CSmH.