<br /> Lee Letter: b225

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Jefferson

My dear Sir

I have had an opportunity of conversing with the worthy Baron at this lace, and he communicates to me a plan of joining his force with Gen. Greene, or so to cooperate with him as to render a junction of the British force with Cornwallis difficult if not impossible – The Barons plan appears to me to be one of those Master strokes which are productive of great effects, but which if neglected lay the train for much future evil – When the Carthagenian General was all powerful before Rome the genius of Scipio caried him to Carthage – Comparing small things with great, this plan may save Virginia, by a previous defeat, of Cornwallis – Besides, the Pennsyla. Line is coming on – the troops of the Marquis may also be so, and with these no great mischief can happen here whilst a great stroke may be striken against the capital foe and the planner of all the southern evils which now distress us. I sincerely wish that the Barons plan may be approved – I wish you happy and I am

most sincerely yours.

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Dree CollectionPennsylvania Historical Society

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, p. 217. Baron von Steuben conveyed this letter.