<br /> Lee Letter: n404

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Jefferson

Dear Sir

We are this moment made acquainted by the War Office that an Express was
immediately to depart for Virginia, and I take the opportunity of
enclosing by him the last papers, which contain all our news, except it
be a report that seems not illy founded, that Genl. Amhers<t> and Adml.
Keppel are arrived at Philadelphia as commissioners from the King &
Parliament of G.B. to carry into execution the very curious plan that
one of the inclosed papers contains. Tis happy for America that her
enemies have not sufficient ability to give even a specious appearance
to their wicked designs. In this case the Peasantry here develope the
cheat. We have no news, not a scrip from our Com[mission]ers. The Gold
and the Sea power of our enemies have <preva>iled to deprive us of most
important dispatches.

Adieu my dear Sir,

Richard Henry Lee

[P.S.] Gen. Lee is fully exchanged and is sent for from Berk<eley> to
attend the Army. For Gods sake, for the love of our Country, my dear
friend, let more vigorous measures be quickly adopted for reenforcing
the Army. The last draft will fall greatly short of the requisite
number. Our enemies are sore pressed, wisdom and vigor now will
presently compel G.B., proud as she is, to acknowledge our
Independency.

Notes:

Thomas Jefferson PapersLibrary of Congress

Printed in Boyd, Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 2:175 – 76. Printed also in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, pp. 394 – 95. Addressed “Thomas Jefferson esquire or in his absence to the honorable George Wythe esqr: At Williamsburg in Virginia R. H. Lee. By Express.”