<br /> Lee Letter: b163

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Henry Laurens

My dear Sir,

I have not yet been able to send to the Post Office and therefore know not whether I am honored with a letter from you or not by the last Post. A late landing of the enemy in the county next below us obliged me to lead the Militia to prevent them from burning our Warehouses as they did those of Northumberland with between two and three hundred hogsheads of Tobacco in them. They have 10 Vessels, two of 30 guns and the rest small, from some of which they landed 60 men where no force was collected to oppose them, burned the Warehouses and three private houses, carrying of several negroes with them – They disappeared on hearing that the Militia of Northumberland was preparing to attack them. Our news from the Southward is not yet confirmed, but the victory over the enemy comes so many ways that it is universally credited here. The inclosed scrap of a Newspaper will give you the last account from Williamsburg on this subject. I understand that our present invaders are a collection of Tories from New York, combined for the purpose of plunder and revenge. Fine Agents of George the third! – I am, with the most sincere esteem and respect,

my dear Sir your most obliged and affectionate friend.

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Laurens CorrespondenceLong Island Historical Society

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 72 – 73. Addressed “Honorable Henry Laurens of the Congress Philadelphia.” Endorsed “Recd. 28th [June]” and “Ansd. 16 July.”