<br /> Lee Letter: n80

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Sir:

I have rec’d your letter dated yesterday and thank you for the
information it contained. I have now to request that you will endeavour
to employ some person, in whom you can confide, and at the same time
that is intelligent, to go into the works at stony-point, or if
admittance is not to be gained, otherwise to obtain the best knowledge
of them he can, so as to describe the particular kind of works, the
precise spots on which they stand and the strength of the garrison. If
you should succeed in this point, I must beg you will transmit me
without delay a sketch of the works that I may be able to form an
accurate idea of them.

You will yourself take the best view you can, that you may the better know
whether the report you get from the person sent in is to be relied on.

I am, etc.

P.S. describe the number of Armed Vessels and their situation and keep the
contents of this letter to yourself.1

Notes:

1 The draft is in the writing of Richard Kidder Meade.