<br /> Lee Letter: n246

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: George Washington

Dear General

As Mr. Custis can furnish you with an exact account of our affairs in
Virginia, it will be unnecessary for me to say any thing on that
subject. Proper persons will certainly and presently be appointed,
under proper regulations, to determine on sea Captures. I heartily
congratulate you on the surrender of St. Johns. That of Montreal must,
1 think, quickly follow, because it is quite defenceless and because
the far greater part of the Canadians are surely on our side. If Colo.
Arnold meets with success at Quebec, we shall be in a fine posture to
receive our enemies next spring. I have been strongly inclined to think
that the design of this last reenforcement to Boston, is intended for
something decisive this fall. Their credit, their necessities, and many
other considerations seem to render an attempt on yr. lines probable. I
make no doubt but the most effectual guard will be taken to render this
attempt fatal to its Authors. It is impossible that vice can so triumph
over virtue, as that the Slaves of Tyranny should succeed against the
brave and generous Assertors of Liberty, and the just rights of
humanity.

We expect every day to hear from England, but no intelligence has come from
thence since I wrote you last.

I heartily wish you a happy meeting with your Lady who leaves this place
tomorrow for Cambridge.

I am, with, singular esteem, dear Sir Your most affectionate and
obedt. Servant

Richard Henry Lee

P.S. We have sent a Committee to Canada to invite Delegates here and to
settle the affairs of that Army.

Notes:

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

Printed in Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington, 2:393. Printed also in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, pp. 159.