<br /> Lee Letter: n230

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: George Washington

Dear Sir,

Nothing material has occurred since you left this place, except the
imperfect accounts we have of the Charleston battle, which upon the
whole seems to have nothing unfavorable to our great cause, but the
loss of Dr. Warren. To an infant Country, it is loss indeed, to be
deprived of wise, virtuous, and brave Citizens. I hope however, still
to hear, that our Enemies have lost Characters very useful to them. We
received the account of this engagement late on Saturday evening last,
and a few of us immediately applied to, and prevailed with the
Committee of this City, to dispatch 90 odd quarter Casks of powder to
the Camp, which I hope will arrive safe and in good time.

We are this day informed in Congress that the six Nations and Canada
Indians are firmly disposed to observe a strick neutrality, and I think
we shall endeavor to cultivate their friendship. The Congress has been
engaged these two days about the mutiny and military regulations, and
at last we shall adopt those of Massachusetts with very few
alterations.1 You will see that we have
again taken up the business of entering Canada, and have left the
propriety of it to Gener. Schuyler. If it can be done, in a manner
agreeable to the Canadians, it will certainly shut the door against
dangerous tampering with the Indians on all our Western frontiers.
Nothing has yet been done about a Military
Hospital,2 and I suppose we shall wait for
your return of the state of the Army. Dr. Shippen says that threeyoung
Gentlemen here perfectly compitent, will be ready when called on, to
serve in the capacity of Surgeons.

I have only to assure you, that it will always make me happy to hear from
you,

and that I am, with great regard, dear Sir, Your Affect. and
obedient servant.
Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

1 See JCC, 2:111 – 22.

2 A committee “to report the method of establishing an hospital” was not
appointed until July 19. Congress approved the establishment of a
hospital and elected Benjamin Church director and chief physician on
July 27. JCC, 2:191, 209 – 11.