<br /> Lee Letter: n556

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir

I am favoured with your two Letters by Mr McHard and be assured your
request shall be duely attended to. Mr. Dickenson is not in Town nor
Can I get Any information whether his Coach is yet for Sale.

Our affairs it is true have of late worn but an unfavourable Aspect but we
are far from being in the last Ditch, as some are dastardly enough to
immagine. Our resources are great, And we are now roused I hope to A
proper exertion. The Enemy have met with A Considerable repulse in the
Jerseys, And our Garrison at West Point I hope is now in a Condition to
Sustain the Attack of the Enemy tho’ <their wh>ole force Should go
Against it, as is reported. A Considerable quantity of provisions has
been lately thrown in. And men will not be wanting. No Account of the
Arrival of the french fleet. Inclosed you have the last papers to which
I refer you for news. Mr McHard had three pounds best Tea for Mrs. Lee
which I hope will please. I could not trust my own Judgment but got a
Lady to Chuse it for her & Shou<ld> ever you have leisure and
Opportunity I hope to be favoured with A line and tho’ I have hitherto
been a little forgetful of my promise Shall endeavour to make you
Amends in future. My Compliments to Mrs. Lee.

With great respect I am my Dr Sir, Your most Obedient Sert,

John Hanson


Receiver’s copy, Emmet Collection, Henry E. Huntington Library.