<br /> Lee Letter: n188

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

Unfortunate and melancholy as the event is, which has given rise
to your communication of the 81 instant, I
sincerely thank you for it.

Since the receipt of your letter official account of the defeat is come to
hand, and is herewith enclosed.2 As the
whole of it went to Congress, it was thought
best to expunge no part of that which should be given to the public;
otherwise the throwing away of Arms, and some other things would have
been with-held.

With sincere regard and affection, I am


1 Lee’s letter, in the Washington Papers, is dated
Dec. 16, 1791.

2 St. Clair’s report of his defeat was addressed to the Secretary of War and
dated Nov. 9, 1791 No copy of it is now found in the
Washington Papers. It is printed in the
American State Papers.

On January 31 Lear wrote to Knox, returning St. Clair’s letter “which the
President thinks it would be well to publish.” This letter of January
31 is recorded in the “Letter Book,” and a weak press copy is also in
the Washington Papers.

3 From the “Letter Book” copy in the Washington