<br /> Lee Letter: n87

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

I have received your two letters of the 21st and 22nd. The
intelligence you communicate is interesting and I am anxious to have
the movements it mentions more clearly and certainly unfolded. You will
spare no pains nor cost for this purpose. It is of great importance we
should ascertain, as early as possible the reality of the supposed
embarkation, its extent and the course it takes in the first instance
and under whose command.

I must also request you will endeavour to obtain the most precise ideas of
the situation of affairs at Stoney Point as well from your own
observation as the intelligence of Spies and deserters of whom you will
make very critical and minute inquiries. I wish to know upon what plan
the enemy are now constructing their works, particularly whether they
inclose them or not, what is the strength of the garrison, the corps
that compose that strength, the number and sizes of cannon, who
commands and the precautions made use of for the security of the post.
These points are important and I shall be obliged to you to assist me
with the most exact information respecting them all.

I am, etc.

P S. I beg also that you will hire some intelligent Person to cross the
River, and discover what Corps lye at Phillips and Mile square. What
others are at, and abt. Kingsbridge and the Works there. and what
others are between that and the City of New York and in the
City.1

Notes:

1 The draft is in the writing of Alexander Hamilton. The postscript is in the
writing of Washington.