<br /> Lee Letter: b210

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Henry Laurens

My dear Sir,

Since my last I have been honored with your favors of the 4th. and 13th. of May. Your kind solicitude for Mr. Parker does great honor to your philanthropy, and I have not neglected what you so properly suggest in your letter of the 4th.

There is no change in things here since I wrote to you by last post, except it be that our Act is sent to the Counties called upon for militia, and I hope the 2500 men will be obtained as soon as the nature of the thing will admit. We have directed an hundred horses to be immediately purchased to mount that number of light dragoon recruits now at Petersburg that they may proceed south, where I fear they are extremely wanted since Colo. White’s very unlucky affair. Nothing will give us more pleasure at Chantilly than to see you there, so that if you should pass thro Virginia I hope you will not forget us. I do certainly pertake much in your good or adverse fortune, and therefore I feel very sensibly for the change wrought in your affairs by the enemy in South Carolina & Georgia, but I assure you that I am not yet without hope that things will be set right in that quarter, altho perhaps not without some loss, yet that it will be by no means so great as present appearances threaten. Mr. Lovell writes me from Philadelphia on the 15 of this month that the news from France is very good, but he does not mention what it is, being I suppose a secret for the present. He also informs that Mr. Izard & Dr. Lee were in Paris feb. 15 – that the former had been to Holland to get a passage to America but was disappointed, and that Dr. Lee was to sail in the Alliance the first of march – probably Mr. Izard will come with him. The first division of Maryld. Troops I hear marches to day from Petersburg. I am with great and most affectionate esteem and respect

your obliged friend.

Richard Henry Lee

It may not be amiss to frank your letter by Post.

P.S. 30 May – An Express from Congress calls upon us for immediate aid to cooperate with a powerful assistance in Ships & Land Army expected every hour from our good Ally to assist in driving the British power from our Union – We are making ready with great diligence & I hope we shall yet have the happiness soon to see our country rid of these hostes humani generis.


Laurens CorrespondenceLong Island Historical Society

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 185 – 86. Addressed to Laurens at “Wilimington in North Carolina” and conveyed by Mr. Pringle.