<br /> Lee Letter: n288

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Charles Lee

My dear friend,

My last letter to you was founded on conversation without
doors,1 but you will see by the papers this
Express brings you, that Congress has complied with your desires as far
as they can for the present,2 and I hope
hereafter we may be enabled to do more. I have no doubt but the
Convention of Virginia will exert themselves to have the additional
Rifle Batallion raised with all possible dispatch. You will easily
discover by the inclosed paper that old Wooster has abominably
misconducted himself in Canada.3 Our affairs
in that Country begin to wear an unfavorable aspect; however, we expect
the arrival of better officers, and better Troops, will put things
there on a more respectable footing. Not to have got Quebec is some
inconvenience, but if we can secure the pass at Falls of Richlieu &
Trois Riviere we shall do well enough, and for this purpose, as well as
securing the affections of the Canadians, every proper step will be
taken. The impossibility of crossing the Lakes sooner with Troops and
good Officers has been the cause of our ill success thus far. The
Committee of Congress is arrived at Montreal. My best affections are
allways with you.

Richard Henry Lee

[P.S.] Our Canada Committee are of opinion that if we could remit them
about £20,000 specie, our affairs in that Country might soon be
set right.4 I wish we had the hard Cash you
extracted from the Tory Ship in Virginia, as we are so greatly pressed
for this Article, that it remains doubtful whether this alone will not
compel our Army to evacuate Canada.


Receiver’s copy, Pierpont Morgan Library.

1 See Lee to Charles Lee, May 11, 1776.

2 See JCC, 4:363 – 65; and John Hancock to Charles Lee, May 20, 1776.

3 See Commissioners to Canada to John Hancock, May 10, 1776.

4 See Commissioners to Canada to John Hancock, May 8, 1776.