<br /> Lee Letter: n301

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Francis Lightfoot Lee
Recipient: Richard Henry Lee

Dear Brother,

I have written to you every post, since you left this. If you have not
recd. the Letters, there must still be some villain, in the Post
Office. It is supposed Ld. Howe is arrived, as three ships last Fryday
joined the fleet at N. York, one very large, with St. George’s flag at
the masthead, which was saluted by the whole fleet. The rest of his
Myrmidons are not far behind I suppose. Two men of war & their
tenders have run by all our batteries, & got above King’s bridge,
without any damage. It always appear’d to me that our Generals placed
more confidence in their batteries than they deserved. It seems
probable, that Howe will Land his Army above Kings bridge, & cut
off all communication with N. York by land, while the fleet does the
same by sea, in which case our Army must starve, or attack the Enemy in
their entrenchments. I fear such an event is not sufficiently attended
to; the defense of N. York seems to engross all their tho’ts. Col. W.
Alleyn arrived yesterday from Crown Point; he left 6,000 men there,
half sick; by their last accts. from St. Johns, Burgoine had 1000
there, no preparation of boats. It is said the six nations begin to be
troublesome; indeed from all appearances we shall soon have the whole
of the Indians to encounter.

Genl. Washington has as many men as he wants & least Howe shoud think
fit to march into the Jerseys, we shall soon have 20,000 there to cope
with him. But I think it is very improbable, that he will give up the
scheme, of opening a communication with Canada, by the North River. The
11th of next month Colo. Harrison & Braxton are no longer
delegates, & as Mr. Jefferson is determined to go home then, we
shall be without a representation, unless you join us. We have not
heard when Mr. Wythe intends to be here. I have now got a very good
house, near the State house, in which you may have choice of good rooms
well furnished, except with beds. As we have but one, it is necessary
we shoud know as soon as possible when to expect you, that we may
provide for you. We have this house certainly till the last of Octr.
& a chance for the winter. Our best Love to Chantilly &
Stratford, & Respects to all friends in
Westmoreland.1

Yr. Afft. Bror. & friend,
Francis Lightfoot Lee

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, New York Public Library.

1 l Francis Lightfoot Lee also wrote a letter to Landon Carter this day in
which he commented: “It gives me concern to hear that some of your
Negroes have joined the Arch Devil, and my friend Mr. Carter’s
favorite servant too! But Slavery plants a Vice where a Virtue might
be expected. Your government I find is at length compleated. God send
it may procure internal peace and happiness to the Country.” George
D. Smith Autograph Letters (New York: 898 items, n.d.), item 450.