<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0160

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: John Page

Dear Sir,

Altho our Army in the Jersies, since the 24th of December has consisted
chiefly of Militia and tho their numbers have not been and are not
equal to that of the enemy, yet we have been in a continual series of
success. Their forage and Foragers have been every where destroyed and
beaten, and they are actually confined at present to the hills of
Brunswick, and extremely distressed there The inclosed papers will shew
you how active, brave, and successful our people have lately been, and
I have the best grounded hope, that if the Militia do not leave the
General before the regular recruits get up, we shall be able to give a
very good account of the enemy before this winter Campaign is over. We
have an account from our Committee at Phila. of an engagement between
Gen. Sullivans detatchment of the Army near Brunswick, and a strong
party of the enemy. The issue not certain, but they say, a person from
Brunswick relates that the enemies light horse come from the Field of
Battle in great confusion calling for a reenforcement. We are in
constant expectation of good news both from Brunswick and N. York.

I am your affectionate & obedient,

Richard Henry Lee

P.S. It is reported here that 2 Ships of War are within our Capes, is it
so.1 Please let me know how many
Gallies are in our Commonwealth now fit for action, and their force.

R.H. Lee

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass.

1 A British squadron under the direction of Commodore William Hotham captured
several American vessels in Chesapeake Bay during the last ten days
of January. See Morgan, Naval Documents, 7:964, 1004, 1019, 1033 – 34,
1047, 1054.