<br /> Lee Letter: n158

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir:

I had the Honor to receive your Excellencys last Favor, a few Days
before I left my Quarters below. I immediately caused the Enquiries you
mentioned, to be made, but with very little Success. Of the Refugees
named, none were to be found in the Returns made to me. The Commissy.
of Prisoners could only collect, that a Mr
French had been with the Enemy at Portsmouth,
and had left that place to go to Charlestown, So Carolina. The Case of
Mr Middleton,1 I mentioned to the Admiral de
Grasse, who promised to do what was in his power for his Relief.

I beg your Excellency will do me the Favor to forward the inclosed Letter
for Colo Tilghman by the first Opportunity that may present to Rock
Hall.

I promise myself the pleasure to see2 your
Excellency at Anapolis or Baltimore, which ever place you may be at, on
my Way to Philadelphia, for which place I shall leave this in three or
four Days

Be pleased Sir! to believe that I am, with very particular
Sentiments of Esteem etc.3

Notes:

[MD.H.S.]

1 Capt. William Middleton, of the Maryland State navy boat
Dolphin. He had been captured by the British
in Chesapeake Bay when, at the insistence of the French officer whom
he was conveying with a message from Lafayette to De Grasse, he ran
alongside of H. M. S. Royal Oak.

2 The draft, which is also by Trumbull, has of
seeing
.

3 In the writing of Jonathan Trumbull, jr.