<br /> Lee Letter: n12

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Henry Lee
Recipient: James McHenry

Since I came here I recd. the enclosed lettr. It gives me much pain as Mr Lang tells me that security agreable to the Creditors will with difficulty be obtained. I know Mr. Lebbs & beleive him to be perfectly honorable & free from this charge. I want effectually to aid him & I have but little cash by me. I hold a claim due on the 14th March, & should be much obliged if you could aid me with 8 or 1000 dollars till then when it shall be returned, & in the meantime the note shall be placed in yr hands.

Yrs. truely,


P.S. You will say nothing about my wishes I trust & Mr Lebbs situation please also to hold secret for it is not generally known.


Receiver’s copy, McHenry Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Smith in Letters of Delegates speculates that that letter was written sometime after February 1, when Lee arrived in New York to attend Congress, and before March 14, when the “claim” msentioned would fall due.