<br /> Lee Letter: n110

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

I was yesterday favd. with yours of the 5th. I take it for
granted that the measures you mean to pursue for cutting off the
intercourse between the Country and the enemy will be such as will be
justified by circumstances, and not incompetent with the laws which the
state of Jersey have passed for that purpose. It will be well to inform
yourself particularly of the laws which are in force on the subject of
illicit trade and correspondence. There is not the least foundation,
that I know of, for the report of your corps going to the Southward. I
have no objection to a reasonable number of your men being furloughed
at a time, and whenever they are such as you can confide in, you may
let them, if you think proper, take their Horses with them.

I am exceedingly glad to hear of the capture of the British Officer and his
Associates. I should think they had best sent immediately to Philada.
They can be properly secured there, and if, as you suspect, there is a
connexion with Philadelphia the confessions of some of them may lead to
important discoveries. It may be determined a little while hence
whether they are amenable to the Civil or Military law.

I am
etc.1

Notes:

1 The draft is in the writing of Tench Tilghman.