Dear Sir

The slow, but sure moving Gates has not yet sent us his Inventory but an Officer who saw Burgoyne with Gates tells a Gentleman that passed this Town as follows – 1 Lieutenant General, 2 Major Generals, 7 Brigadiers, 5000 men, 15,000 Stand of Arms, 40 pieces of Cannon and a considerable quantity of Cloathing.1


Lee Papers, University of Virginia Archives

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, pp. 339 – 40.

1 Lee drafted this letter on the verso of a copy of his 18 October letter to Shippen in which he enclosed 100 dollars for 25 gallons of wine. “I feel too sensibly,” Lee had explained, “the number and weight of the obligations under which your goodness has laid me not to entreat earnestly that you will excuse me from this last effort of your friendship, and that you will suffer me to pay for the wine I had of you. The friendship that bears alltogether on one side may be oppressive, and the excellence if not the existence of this virtue, depends on reciprocal communication of benefits.”