<br /> Lee Letter: n84

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Sir:

I have this moment received your letter of the
9th.1 I wish mine of the same date had gotten
to hand before the transaction you mention had taken place. I fear it
will have a bad effect both in the army and in the country.

I would by no means have you to carry into execution your plan of
diversifying the punishment, or in any way to exceed the spirit of my
instruction yesterday. And even the measure I have authorized ought to
be practiced with great caution.

I am, etc.

P: S: You will send and have the body buried lest it fall into the enemy’s
hands.2

Notes:

1 Lee’s letter of July 9 is not found in the Washington
Papers
.

2 The draft is in the writing of Alexander Hamilton.