The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

From Colonel Henry Lee, Jr.

My dear Gen

I arrived here this day, & found General Marian destitute of that sort of intelligence necessary for the full execution of my designs. But as loss of time cannot be admitted I have formed a plan too long to explain which I have great hopes in the accomplishment off. My loss cannot be much, my gain will be tolerable, may be complete. I must beg you will reinforce me with 60 Infantry under a Captain. Capt Selden & a chosen party from Greenes regt would suit me well. Two good boats for the carriage of horse are much wanting. The Captain might bring them with him: indeed it will be the most expiditious manner of transporting his troops.
I wish him to take post at Mr Benjamin Ports, where he will find a party of horse. Mr Port lives on the east side of the Pedee.

I have the honor to be most respectfully

Henry Lee j

Autograph letter signed (MiU-C) 1 p.