<br /> Lee Letter: n388

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Webb

Dear Sir,1

I have some Time ago delivered your Request to the Board of War, and I have
strongly urged the Propriety of permitting you to go to N. York, and to
England, if you choose it.2 The Multiplicity
of Business has prevented the Consideration of your Affair, but I am
promised that it shall soon be taken up, and you will know the

Result. I am myself going immediately to Virginia for the Winter
Season.3

I am Sir your most humble Servant,

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Transcription, University of Virginia Library. Addressed: “To Captain Webb
at Easton.”

1 Thomas Webb (c.1724 – 96), a retired British army captain and leader of the
Methodist movement in America, who had been declared a prisoner of
war by a congressional resolve, had been residing on parole in
Bethlehem, Pa., with his family since 31 May 1777.

2 There is no record of the Board of War’s consideration of this request, but
Webb persisted in his efforts to secure his release. His 9 January 1778, letter informing Daniel Roberdeau that a prisoner exchange had
been arranged and requesting a pass to Philadelphia was read in
Congress on 20 January and referred to the board. Despite the fact
that the proposed exchange was not effected, Webb was granted a pass
on 20 February to travel to Philadelphia to settle some private
affairs and he failed to return to Bethlehem. See JCC, 7:367, 10:67;
PCC, item 78, 23:433 – 34; and PMHB, 10:233 – 35; 12:200 – 203, 400 – 404;
13:80, 84; 40:118 – 19.

3 Lee was granted leave on 15 November “for the recovery of his health” and,
according to his 25 January 1778, letter to his brother William,
left Congress on 6 December. See JCC, 9:928; and Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, 1:381.