<br /> Lee Letter: b238

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: George Weedon

My dear General

By a letter that accompanies this you will see that I had written to you with design that my letter should go by Colo. Nelson, but the Colonel had left Leeds before the letter reached there – I am now to acknowledge & to thank you for your last favor – Our lookouts are directed to be vigilant and give immediate notice of the appearance of a hostile fleet, which intelligence shall quickly be conveyed to you after it comes here – I shall this day write to Colo. Gaskins requesting that Lookouts may be placed on the Bay shore and notice given – this precaution seems now the more necessary, as well as a diligent preparation on our part, from the present situation of the enemy – The inclosed letter from the Marquis will shew you how things were three days ago – I judge that when the enemy can no longer make head in the field against our army, that they will retire to some stronghold from whence strong detachments will be Water borne to harrass, distress, and ruin the Country as much as possible – this is in perfect coincidence with the vile accrimonious enmity they bear us. And renders it necessary I think that we should be armed at all points. I wish that Lord Cornwallis may have many more and more powerful similar reasons for a vehemence of expression – We are told here that Mr. Jenifer of Congress has written to his brother that N. York is certainly evacuated by the enemy, their cannon spiked &c. – is this true – if it is, either the Southern war is to be pushed at all hazards and with their whole force, or else they mean to quit the 13 States – the last is hardly a supposable case when we consider the Bull dog nature of our enemies. I have no gunpowder & our people scantily provided with cartridges – they waste them immoderately – I furnished 10 rounds a piece to those men lately drafted & they did not return three of them – Can I have powder, and Cartridge paper With a few good arms? It is unfortunate that our Counties have not a Field piece or two – If you have an Express going in a day or two to Philadelphia be pleased to send the inclosed by him, but if no Express goes so soon, be kind enough to send the letter by the next post. I have the honor to be

yours sincerely.

Richard Henry Lee

Have you any views?

Chantilly, July.

Notes:

Weedon PapersAmerican Philosophical Society

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 240 – 41.