<br /> Lee Letter: b116

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee, for the Committee of Congress
Recipient: Edward Hand

Sir/

We enclose you herewith a resolve of Congress appointing us a Committee for the purpose described in the resolution, and we apply to you Sir as a Friend to the cause of America, and as an Officer high in rank in the United States, to give us the most full and perticular assistance in your power, for the better accomplishing the end of our appointment. – We understand that Coll. Morgan has lately been confined on suspicion of disaffection to the interest of the United States – We wish to know the truth of this, and if true, the cause of it. – Whether any and what inquiry was made into the affair, and on what principles an acquittal was founded. – We rely upon your best aid in all things, that may contribute to the right discharge of our duty in this business, as it must be obvious of how great consiquence it is, that the Agents for Indian Affairs should be of unquestioned attachment to the United States, and your residence for some time in that part of the Country, which has been Colonel Morgan’s Scene of action, may furnish you with knowledge on this Subject, that distance denies to us. – We have the pleasure to inform you that the friendship & alliance of the Northern and Southern Indians comes well authenticated to Congress – It will be very hard and unaccountable that those in the middle district should alone be our
Enemies. – We are Sir

Yr. most obt. & most hume. Servts.

Richard Henry Lee
Rich. Law
Daniel Roberdeau

Genl. Hand.

Notes:

UNKNOWNLenox Library

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, pp. 340 – 41. Addressed to Hand at Pittsburg.