<br /> Lee Letter: b123

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: George Weedon

Dear Sir,

I thank you for your favor of the 16th. last, which I received here a few days ago. We had heared of Gen. Howes sortie, which I think has been attended with as little honor as advantage to him. It proves however the propriety of your last adopted measure, to winter together. Safety to the American army, and distress to the enemy must result from this measure. I mean Safety from the mischief of sudden surprizes, and being cut off in detail. Less hardship to be sure would have been sustained by warmer quarters, but yet I hope such care will be taken to build good & well covered huts as will prevent much injury from the inclemency of weather. I consider that either Mr. Howes army must winter in their lines, which will expose them to as much hardship as we endure, or they will winter in the City of Philadelphia, which if we may judge from all former experience will render them a much less formidable enemy in the Spring than if they had possessed colder quarters in the winter. To Hanibals wintering in Capua is ascribed his loss of Rome, and reason as well as experience proves that Cities enfeeble armies more than battles. Rest, with gentle exercise in the way of discipline, will I hope restore our brave soldiers to health, and fitness for an early expulsion of their detestible enemy from this Country, before reenforcements can arrive to assist them in their infernal projects of slavery, rapine & destruction. My letters from Williamsburg inform me that the confederation has passed Nem. Con. That 2000 men are to be drafted from among the unmarried to fill the Regiments, and that 10 Regiments of Volunteers for six months are to be immediately raised to join the General. A very vigorous and extensive taxation is adopted, which will call from circulation a large sum of money and of course appretiate the rest. I wish all the States may pursue measures of equal wisdom & vigor.

My health has not yet been such as to permit my going to Williamsburg, but I think of doing so about the 10th. or 12th. of this month – Remember me if you please to all friends in the Army. I am dear sir

Your most obedient and very humble servant.

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

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Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, pp. 372 – 73. Addressed “Bregadier General Weedon at the American Camp on Schuylkill near the Sweeds Ford in Pennsylvania.”