<br /> Lee Letter: n257

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Francis Lightfoot Lee
Recipient: Landon Carter

My dear Col.

Having very little to communicate except our unfortunate attempt upon
Quebec; a particular Account of which I have given to our mutual friend
Col. Tayloe; I shou’d not now Trouble you, but to convince you that our
correspondence shall not be broken off on my part. I hope Ld. Dunmore
has left you spirits enough, Still to enjoy a little Xmas mirth, and to
give him a warm reCeptiOn, if he shoud venture up Rapa. A few days
agoe, a plan was formed in our Army at Cambridge, to burn about a dozen
houses, the remains of Charles Town, beyond the Enemies fortifications
on Bunker’s Hill which they used as barracks for part of their troops.
It was effected in the night, & 7 prisoners taken. The Enemy was
thrown into the greatest confusion & a universal firing, from all
quarters, on every side & in the Air, continued a considerable
time, to the great entertainment of our men, who came off
unhurt.1 We have not yet got powder to
effect any thing considerable in that quarter; And I fear the proper
season will be over, before we shall. The French & Spaniards do not
seem inclined to furnish us with military stores. Their politics
plainly tend to drive us to extremity, that we may be forced to break
off all connection with G. B. and join with them, which they know
nothing but hard necessity can ever effect. Indeed the Ministry appear
determined to leave us no alternative, but absolute submission, or
foreign assistance. Which will be your choice my friend? Will it not be
wise, in time to leave a people who are so corrupt, that their ruin
must be inevitable?

I wish all happiness to Sabine Hall and [remain?] at all times my dear
Colonel’s afft. Respectfull Servant,
Francis Lightfoot Lee

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Elsie O. and Philip D. Sang Deposit, Rutgers, Rutgers
University Library.

1 Washington had included an account of this incident in his January 11
letter to President Hancock, which was read in Congress on January
22. See JCC, 4:77; and Washington, Writings (Fitzpatrick), 4:229 – 30.