<br /> Lee Letter: n85

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

In mine to you of the 5th, I requested you to attend to the
movements of the enemy on the river below and for this purpose to
engage the country people as look outs along the River. I would wish
you to have such persons on whose fidelity and vigilance you can rely
stationed at different places as low as fort Lee, that we may have the
earliest intelligence of any collection of vessels or boats, or
embarkation of troops on the opposite side. The enemy are now
manœuvring to the Eastward; it may be to divert a part of our force
that way; then to make a rapid movement back embark and proceed up to
the forts. We must give a certain degree of protection and cover to the
country, which will occasion a detachment of our force; and this makes
it the more essential that we should be upon our watch this way. Your
activity and care I rely upon.

I am, etc.1


1 The draft is in the writing of Alexander Hamilton.