<br /> Lee Letter: n146

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir:

Major General Greene, who goes to take command of the Southern Army,
will have the honor of presenting this to Your Excellency. I have
advised him to take the several States in his way, which are
immediately concerned in furnishing Men and supplies for the department
committed to his direction, that he may gain a more accurate knowledge
of the forwardness they are in, a tolerable Idea of what may be his
future expectations, and endeavour to settle some plans for the regular
support and subsistence of the Army in provisions, Forage and
transportation.

I am well aware of the embarrassments under which the Southern States
labor, and of the many difficulties which are to be surmounted. But I
have a very full dependance that the most vigorous exertions will be
made by them upon the present occasion; and the entire confidence I
have in the abilities, fortitude and integrity of General Greene,
founded on a long and intimate experience of them, assures me that he
will do every thing his means will enable him to do; and I doubt not,
candid allowances will be made for the peculiar difficulties he has to
encounter.

I recommend him to your State as worthy of its utmost confidence and
support, and to your Excellency, personally, as one whom I rank among
the number of my Friends.

With the greatest Respect and Esteem
etc.1

Notes:

[MD.H.S.]

1 In the writing of Tench Tilghman. The same letter was sent to Govs. Thomas
Jefferson and Abner Nash. It is printed by Sparks under date of Oct.
22, 1780.