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Letter from Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette to Jethro Sumner
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834
July 05, 1781
Volume 15, Page 508


Headquarters Byrd's Tavern, 16 miles from Williamsburg, 5th July, 1781.

D. Sir:

I did myself the honor of writing you yesterday since which the enemy have evacuated Williamsburg and march'd to James town where they design to imbark; part of their troops will go to New York, and the rest it is said will garrison Portsmouth but from their number of cavalry I should rather imagine they will push to the Southland—'tis therefore of the highest importance that General Greene's orders be immediately carried into Execution. I have sent to our Magazine to have the arms and Stores forwarded on to the Southern Army with the Utmost dispatch and shall rather Stint myself than that Should not be Supplied as far as our Stores will admit. The three hundred Stand of Arms for your Camp will Set out immediately.

I have the honor to be
Your most obedient Humble Servant,