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Letter to Benjamin Talmadge, September 25, 1778

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 already felt.

We [2] 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.
Go: Washington
Major Tallmadge –

[docket] Genl. Washington’s Letter Septr 26th.
[address] (on public service) Major Tallmadge
Go: Washington

[written on address leaf]
1796 2/3
346 2/3

Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George Washington. 12: 499.