<br /> Lee Letter: n115

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

I have received your favor of the 26th. inclosing one from Capn.
McLane to you of the 15th.1

However Capn. McLanes services may entitle him to consideration, yet he is
neither singular in his sacrifices nor situation. There are numbers in
the line, who have been as long Captains and without promotion as
himself. This is one of those circumstances incidental to all services.
But with regard to his request the formation of new corps rests by no
means with me, nor if it did I could not recommend the proposal to
Congress at a time when the seperate corps now in service experience so
many inconveniencies, and are supposed too numerous. Capn. McLane
however may be assured that my opinion of his military merits would
induce me to do every thing in his favor consistent with propriety.

I
wish you an agreeable winter and am Dr Sir
&c.2

Notes:

1 These letters are in the Washington Papers.

2 The draft is in the writing of James McHenry.

On January 31 Robert Hanson Harrison, by Washington’s direction, ordered
Abraham Skinner, Commissary General of Prisoners of the Continental
Army, to send in a quantity of wood to New York for the use of the
American prisoners there. Harrison’s letter is in the
Washington Papers.