<br /> Lee Letter: n565

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear sir

Your packet directed to the Delegates was delivered by Mr Green Who also
delivered us a Letter respecting the money to be emitted to which due
attention will be paid and every assistance given to Mr Green in our
power.1 I think there is but little Chance
of Selling the Tobacco here to any advantage, Tobacco delivered here
Sells very high, but no purchasers that I can hear of Yet, that will
take it anywhere Else.

I have the pleasure to inform you that Congress yesterday received a letter
from General Washington dated the 3d Instant Acquainting that General
Clinton had proceeded With the principal part of his Army, as far up
the East River, as Huntington Bay, on an Expedition against Rhode
Island, but that he had returned Again. Immediately on Clintons
embarkation, General Washington Crossed the north River with his Army,
with intention if the Enemy proceeded to Rhode Island, to Attack New
York but as Sir Harry had thought proper to return General Washington
Writes that he Should recross the north River with his army the 4th and
proceed to Dobbs’s ferry, and this he says he is induced to do, to Save
Forage in the neighbourhood of Peekskill Which he may be in want of
Sometime hence. The Sudden return of the Enemy I think Clearly evinces,
their weakness. That they have not men Enough to send to Rhode Island,
and at the Same time leave a Sufficient Garrison at New York for the
Defense of that place. The Enemies fleet are Still lying off Rhode
Island And tho Superior to the french they have attempted nothing.
Perhaps their Continuing there may be with design to intercept the 2d
Division of the french fleet. From present Appearances our Army will in
a short time be very formidable, and Should nothing happen to prevent A
Junction of the intended reinforcement of the french fleet at Rhode
Island, the Issue of the present Campaign will I think be most glorious
for America. Nothing will in all human probability prevent it but the
want of money. The Continental Treasury is Exausted, And the States pay
in very Slow indeed. The press begins upon our part of the new money
tomorrow, So that you may expect to have it Shortly. The Treasury Board
who has had the direction of this Business, has been most Shamefully

Shall be particularly Attentive to your Chariot and be pleased to present
my compliments to Mrs. Lee and let her know, that her slippers is not
done – but will Send them down by the next Post, the man Says they are
Cut wrong, and that he Shall be obliged to Cut and bind them over
again. If Mrs. Lee wants Any more made, he recommends her Sending up
the Stuff with an old Shoe. With Sentiments of the highest esteem,

amDear Sir, Your Excellencys most humble Servt,

John Hanson


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

1 The Maryland Council’s July 31 letter to its delegates requesting their
assistance in behalf of Frederick Green in obtaining paper and plates
for printing new currency pursuant to a Maryland act of July 5, is in
Md. Archives, 43:243 – 44.