<br /> Lee Letter: n424

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Thomas Jefferson

My dear sir

The inclosed Gazette will shew you the progress, and perhaps the end for
some time, of our negotiation with the British Commissioners. They,
with their whole Army have abandoned Philadelphia, and our Troops are
in possession of that City. The enemy are pushing thro Jersey for South
Amboy, and in their front is Gen. Maxwell with a brigade of
Continentals and the Jersey Militia. They have impeded the enemies
progress by breaking up the roads and bridges; and we have just been
told that Maxwell has attacked and gained an advantage over part of
their army. Gen. Washington with 13,000 men is in hot pursuit of the
enemy. He was about crossing Delaware the day before yesterday. If our
Army can come up with them before they embark, we may have a second
edition of Burgoyne. Governor Johnsone tries every art to gain
admission among us. He abuses his Masters, flatters America, and is
willing to yield us every thing if we will be perfidious to our Ally
and again submit to the domination of his King & Parliament. This
Man possesses in abundance Scottish cunning and Scottish impudence. But
it is too late in the day. The Sunshine of liberty and independence
prevails over the dark arts of Tyranny and its Tools.

We hope in 6 or 8 days to ratify the Confederation (all but two or small
States, at the head of which is Maryland and all of whom I have no
doubt will soon fall in) without amendments – after which Congress will
adjourn to Philadelphia. I am dear Sir affectionately yours,

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Thomas Jefferson PapersLibrary of Congress

Printed in Boyd, Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 2:201 – 2. Printed also in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 – 1778, p. 418.