<br /> Lee Letter: n559

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir

Yesterday Arrived in Town A Capt. of a Vessel who had been Captured and
Carried into New York and Exchanged. He left that place Wednesday. He
says that the fryday before an English frigate Arrived at New York, who
had been Chaced by a french fleet and was so Closely pursued, that All
her Guns, Boats, Spars &c had been thrown overboard. This morning
Arrived here a prize Brig taken by two Virginia Boats. The Commander
informs that he fell in with a french fleet in the Latitude of Bermuda
Steering N west When he left them, from these Coroborating Accounts it
is probabley that that fleet is Arrived Somewhere to the Eastward
before this time. Rhode Island is the place where it is expected they
will first touch at. The french Commissary at that place has been for
Some time preparing for the reception of the Sick.

I am with the highest regard Dear sir,

your Excellencys most Obedient

John Hanson

[P.S.] The Board of War have not received any Instructions from the
Governor and Council respecting the Brass field


Receiver’s copy, Lee, Horsey, and Carroll Papers deposit (1985), Maryland
Historical Society.

1 The Maryland Assembly had requested four brass field pieces, two 4-pounders
and two 12-pounders, in a June 12 resolve that was received by
Congress on June 19. See JCC, 17:526 – 27; and PCC, item 70, fols.
373 – 77.