War Office 14th March
Enclosed I have the honor to send you embarked for the Army under your Command, Return of the Remount Horses for the 16th and 17th Regiments of Light Dragoons, and I am to desire that a Report may be made to me of the Arrival of the several Transports therein mentioned, together with a State of their Parties at the time of their disembarkations.
You will be please to give Orders, that by the earliest opportunity after the arrival of the Horses, the Eight Non Commissioned Officers of Dragoons, who are sent out to attend them during the Voyage, may be sent home to join their respective Corps.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient and
Most humble Servant
General Sir William Howe
&c &c &c
[Source: British Headquarters Papers, Microfilm Collection, the David Library of the American Revolution. Page 113. Item No. 440.]