<br /> Lee Letter: b183

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Arthur Lee
Recipient: Lord Shelburne

My Lord, – I have the honor of enclosing you the copy of a letter, transmitted at the same time, to the first Lord of the Treasury. The honor of the nation and the rights of humanity are too much interested in the object of it, not to receive your Lordship’s advocation. The enclosed papers contain the principal transactions between the northern armies. The burning defenceless towns and everything before him, as General Clinton has done, will probably draw upon him and his the vengeance which such enormities deserve, in spite of all the endeavors of Congress to prevent any hasty retaliation. The South-Carolina Gazettes mention the arrival of an American Captain who had been taken by Captain Jarvis, and who mentions with the highest raise the generous and humane treatment he received from that officer. We have had from other prisoners accounts equally to his honor, which I am sure will give your Lordship pleasure. Capt. Jarvis may be assured that such conduct will command from us the praise and esteem which is always due to a generous enemy.

The necessity which has made us enemies for a
time, and separated us forever from the same government,
has not altered the esteem felt for the good and
wise in England. Among these I hope your Lordship
and your friends will accept an assurance of my
respect and friendship. I condole most sincerely with
the family at Coombwood for the misfortune at New-
York.

I have the honor to be, &c.,

A. Lee

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Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 128 – 29.