<br /> Lee Letter: b237

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Thompson

Sir

His excellency the Govr. having received information that a number of men have deserted from the Army and Navy of his most Christian Majesty in America, whom the Commanding Officers are very anxious to have apprehended; and his Excellency having charged me to give orders at the several Ferry’s in this County, that all foreigners offering to cross at them having the appearance of soldiers or seamen, shall be examined with great strictness, and if there be good reason to believe them to be deserters that they be stopped and secured, You are hereby directed to observe a conduct conformable to the Governor’s orders in the premises at your Ferry, and to cause persons of the above description to be secured and delivered to the officer of the Guard upon the Canoes at Nominy Ferry, who is hereby commanded to receive all such into his safe keeping under a military guard, untill he shall inform me thereof, or the Commanding Officer of the County, and receive farther Orders concerning such prisoners. I am Sir

your very humble servant.

Richard Henry Lee, C.L.W.

Notes:

Lee PapersVirginia Historical Society

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 239 – 40. As county lieutenant of Westmoreland County, Lee wrote this letter to Thompson, the keeper of Nominy Ferry, after receiving Thomas Jefferson’s letter of 29 May 1781.