TRANSCRIPT GLC 1746
George Washington. Letter signed: Head Quarters, to Major
Benjamin Tallmadge, 1778 September 25. 2 p. + doc. + addr.
Head Quarters 25th Septem 1778
I have received your letter of the 23rd. inst. the deficiency
of remounts is an evil which does not admit of immediate remedy
as I cannot at present authorise the completing your
number by purchase.
The same reason will render it necessary for you to make
the best use of those horses, which you say are so much reduced
it gives me pain, but I cannot forbear attributing
the ill-state of the Cavalry in a great measure to the unrestrained
licence of the Dragoons in the use of their horses
their speed is equally immoderate on all occasions, when they
are detached; and I fear their horses are too freely employed
on their own private concerns it is incumbent on the
officers to pay the strictest attention to this matter and
eradicate an abuse, the ill consequences of which they have
We  have now a prospect of ample Supplies of Clothing
for the troops, in which the Cavalry will have their part.
I am Sir
Your most obedt Servt.
[docket] Genl. Washingtons Letter Septr 26th.
[address] (on public service) Major Tallmadge
[written on address leaf]
Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George
Washington. 12: 499.