<br /> Lee Letter: n161

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Arthur Lee

Dear Sir:

I have received your favor of the 2d. Instr. and thank you for
the several articles of European intelligence contained in it. permit
me to solicit a continuation of such advices as you may think
interesting respecting the Military or political manœuvres of foreign
powers.1 Such communications will not only
be a private gratification, but may produce public good; as a perfect
knowledge of these matters will enable me to decide with more certainty
and precision on doubtful operations which may be had in contemplation
than I possibly can do without.

With great esteem etc.

Notes:

1 Lee’s letter of April 2 (in the Washington Papers) recounted political news
entirely; but he also stated, on the authority of the Governor of
Virginia, that De Grasse had completely defeated the British fleet,
which was the direct opposite of the fact.