<br /> Lee Letter: n562

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear sir,

The two letters directed to the Delegates were yesterday laid before
Congress.1 That relating to our Troops to
the Southward was referred to the Board of War and am in hopes the
wants of our Troops will Speedily be relieved especially as General
Gates is invested with ample powers to appoint Officiers and to do
every thing that may be necessary for the Support of the Southern Army.
The other Letter respecting the protection of the Maryland and Virginia
Trade is referred to the Board of Admiralty and tho Congress are
disposed to do every thing to Comply with the requisition yet I fear it
is not in their power to yeild Any protection at all at
present.2 I think we have only four frigates
and those are to Join the french fleet at present much inferior to that
of the British which is now off Rhode Island. Troops are Sending off
from New York by way of the Sound and in Consequence General
Washingtons Army is in motion towards the north River. Have inclosed
you the packet and am with usual Esteem & regard, Dear sir,

most hble Servt,

John Hanson

[P.S.] I hope We Shall be able to forward our new money in about a


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

1 JCC, 17:682. For these two letters, and a third from Lee addressed to
President Huntington, see PCC, item 70, fols. 403 – 18; and Md
Archives, 43:235 – 36, 238.

2 For Congress’ response to this appeal from Maryland for the deployment of a
Continental frigate to the Chesapeake for the protection of the
state’s trade, see Samuel Huntington to Lee, August 10, 1780.