<br /> Lee Letter: n156

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir:

During the operations against York, Capt. Thomas
Shilds1 was sent to the Eastern shore of
Maryland, in order to procure plank for the artillery and engineering
departments. The exigency was so pressing, that he was directed to
spare no measures for procuring it. Part of it he obtained by contract,
and the remainder 13,540 feet of inch pine plank he was under the
necessity of taking by impress. It was the property of Wm. Adams Esqr.
of Somerset County, who has since commenced an action against Capt.
Shilds, in consequence of which he is much embarrassed. I have
therefore to request the favour of your Excellency to take such steps
as you shall think most fit for the relief of Capt. Shilds, he having
acted only in conformity to his instructions.

I have the honor etc.
2

Notes:

1 Capt. Thomas Shilds (Shields, Childs).

2 A contemporary copy is in the writing of Maj. Samuel Shaw.