<br /> Lee Letter: n402

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Henry Laurens
Recipient: Henry Lee

Sir

I have the honour of transmitting under the present Inclosure an Act of
Congress of the 7th Inst. for promoting you to the Rank of Major of
Horse & to the Command of a seperate Corps of two Troop as an
acknowledgment of your distinguished Merit.1

Permit me Sir, to congratulate with your friends upon this occasion to
wish you continued successes and accession of Glory, &
beleive me to be with great Esteem, Sir, your most Obedient
humble Set.

Notes:

Letter book, Papers of Continental Congress, item 13, U.S. National
Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

1 Congress took this action at the behest of Washington and the Committee at
Camp. See JCC, 10:315; and Washington, Writings (Fitzpatrick),
11:2054. Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee (1756 – 1818), after
distinguishing himself as a cavalry officer during the southern
campaign of 1780 – 81, held a succession of responsible public offices,
serving as a delegate to Congress, 1785 – 88, member of the Virginia
ratifying convention, 1788, governor of Virginia, 1791 – 95, and U.S.
congressman, 1799 – 1801. DAB; and Bio. Dir. Cong.