<br /> Lee Letter: b213

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Henry Laurens

My dear Sir,

I had the honor of writing to you from Richmond some time before I left that place, and hope you have received my letter. Nothing new had occurred when our Assembly adjourned – Cornwallis was still at Camden, busied in collecting provisions – Baron Kalbs force had moved on to Pedee in order to be in a provision country – Besides the 2500 militia that our Assembly had ordered, they have impowered the Governor to call out 20,000 more if necessary, and orders are given to purchase horses to remount Whites & Baylors dragoons to 150 each – A law has passed to get 3000 regulars for the quota deficient of this States Continental troops by indiscriminate draft which is shortly to be executed. We have prospects of getting the necessary provisions by means of a provision bill that passed the last Session for taking the surplusage of each persons meat house after allowing a reasonable supply ’till december next. I hope that the 3000 men to be obtained by our draft law will be ordered South, being persuaded that if general Gates be properly supported, he will soon compel the enemy to shelter behind the works of Charles Town, from which refuge the fleet of our Ally may hereafter assist us in driving them. The times are growing big with events, and I shall thank you Sir for a continuance of your former goodness in informing me as these events are brought forth – I was extremely chagrined to learn since my return that you my worthy friend had in this county lodged at an Ordinary – You would have made my family infinitely happy to have entertained you at Chantilly, and I had hoped that you would not have passed this way without giving this family that pleasure. The Ordinaries in general in this country are so vile, that they are in no respect qualified to entertain a gentleman, which is an additional reason for not neglecting your friends as you pass – After the drawing of every class of the continenl. Lottery heretofore they published a small pamphlet containing a list of the prizes – I suppose they have done the same of the third class lately finished – You will do me a favor Sir by inclosing me pr next post one of these little pamphlets with information when the 4th. class will be in drawing – Be so kind Sir as fill up and forward the inclosed letters for me, as I am uncertain where the Gentlemen may now be – It is probable that Dr. Lee & Mr. Izard have arrived in the French fleet – There ought to be some, if there are not, in & about Congress extremely ashamed to look them injured gentlemen in the face – The family here desire to be respectfully remembered to you, as I do to Mr. Rutlidge, Mr. Bee &c. &c I am my dear Sir with the most perfect esteem and regard

your obliged friend and obedient servant.

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. 192 – 93. Addressed to Laurens, “Member of Congress at Philadelphia,” and endorsed “rec’d 7th August – answd. 8th.”