<br /> Lee Letter: n423

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Samuel Purviance, Jr.

Dear Sir,

I have taken the liberty to desire two Boxes the property of Monsr.
Loyeaute a French Gentleman now in Virginia to be left in your care by
a Waggon that carries them to Baltimore.1 As
Monsr. Loyeaute is a Gentleman of great worth, I wish to serve him by
every means in my power and therefore I have directed his Baggage to
such safe care as yours. Monsr. Loyeaute will in due time inform you
what he would have done with these Boxes. The enemy have at last
abandoned Philadelphia, and that City is now in possession of the
American Troops. Gen. Washington is gone in quest of the enemy to the
Jerseys. I expect Congress will adjourn to Philadelphia 8 or 10 days.
My compliments to your Lady, your brother & his Lady. I am dear Sir
your most obedient, humble servant,

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Lee PapersVirginia Historical Society

1 Anne Philippe de Loyauté had recently resigned as inspector general of
Virginia artillery. See Lee to Thomas Jefferson, 11 May 1778, note
3.