<br /> Lee Letter: n37

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: William Raymond Lee

Sir:

The office of Adjutant General having become vacant, by the
Resignation of Colo. Reed, I am induced, from the good Opinion which I
entertain of your activity and Military Abilities, to make you an Offer
of that Office. If you should incline to accept, I shall expect to see
you without loss of time, for as the New Army is now beginning to
collect, all things will run into confusion, if that department, so
essentially necessary to the regulation and arrangement of the forces,
is not instantly filled.2

If you should not accept, you will be kind enough to signify the same by
return of this Express, that I may immediately look out for some other
person. If this should be your determination, you need not mention that
you have ever had the offer. The reason must be obvious to you, it may
give umbrage to others.

I am etc.3

Notes:

1 Of one of the 16 Additional Continental regiments. He resigned Jan. 24,
1778.

2 Sparks is authority for the statement that upon receipt of this letter Lee
immediately journeyed to Washington’s headquarters to announce his
reluctance to accept the proffered appointment.

3 The draft is in the writing of Tench Tilghman.