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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
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene,
ed. Dennis Conrad et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999). Full texts of documents calendared in
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene
(Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 7, pp. 152-289. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 13 January 2018]