<br /> Lee Letter: n155

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee


I was yesterday honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 3d. Give
me leave to return you my sincerest thanks for your exertions on the
present occasion. The supplies granted by the State are so liberal,
that they remove every apprehension of Want. Colo. Blaine has gone
himself over to the Eastern shore to see that the Cattle from thence
are brought down to the proper landings where they will be slaughtered,
and the Meat sufficiently salted to be transported by Water; proper
measures have been taken by the Commissaries to receive the Cattle of
the Western Shore, and to have them driven by Land. Arrangements have
also been made to send up the Craft for Flour as fast as they
discharged their lading of Stores.

I will desire Colo. Stewart to send up all the empty Flour Barrells that
can be made of further use.

We opened our first parallel on the night of the 6th. and established it
compleatly with a loss too trifling to mention. Our Shells have done
considerable damage in the Town, and our fire from the Cannon has been
so heavy and well directed against the embrazures of the Enemy’s Works,
that they have been obliged, during the day, to withdraw their Cannon
and place them behind their Merlens. The Charon of 44 Guns and two
large Transports have been burnt by hot Balls. The Guns and Stores had
been previously taken out of the Frigate.

We last night advanced our second parallel within 300 yards of the Enemy’s
Works, without the least annoyance from them. Lord Cornwallis’s conduct
has hitherto been passive beyond conception; he either has not the
means of defence, or he intends to reserve himself untill we approach
very near him. A few days must determine whether he will or will not
give us much trouble.

I have the honor etc.1


[MD. H. S.]

1 In the writing of David Cobb.