<br /> Lee Letter: n305

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Samuel Chase
Recipient: Richard Henry Lee

My Dear Sir,

Your Letter of the 14 Inst. followed Me to this City, and your other favour
of the 21st was delivered by yesterdays Post.

I hurried to Congress to give my little assistance to the framing a
Confederacy and a plan for a foreign alliance, both of them Subjects of
the utmost Importance, and which in my Judgment demand immediate
Dispatch. The Confederacy has engaged our close

Attention for a Week. Three great Difficulties occur. Representation, The
Mode of Voting, and the Claims to the South Sea. The whole might in my
opinion be settled if Candor, Justice and the real Interests of America
were attended to. We do not all see the Importance nay the Necessity of
a Confederacy. We shall remain weak, and distracted and divided in our
Councils, our Strength will decrease, we shall be open to all the arts
of the insidious Court of Britain, and no foreign Court will attend to
our applications for Assistance, before We are confederated. What
Contract will a foreign State make with Us, when We cannot agree among
Ourselves?

Our Army at Tionderoga consists of 6,000 of which 3,000 are in the Hospital
from the Small Pox and other Camp Disorders. Our Army at N York
contains 14,000, of which only 10,000 are effective. Our Flying Camp in
the Jerseys has but between 3 & 4000 Troops.

No News from Gen. Washington. He writes 27th that 8 Sail, supposed to be
part of Lord Howes fleet, arrived at the Hook that Day.

I shall always be glad to hear from you, and am with great Esteem, Your
Affectionate Friend, And Obedt. Servant,

Saml. Chase

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, American Philosophical Society.