<br /> Lee Letter: n568

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir,

I received your favour by the post. Our Army Continues at Dobbs’s ferry. It
is very great and daily increasing. Men I am persuaded will not be
wanting to Carry into execution any enterprise our worthy General may
have in Contemplation, but the feeding them is the difficulty. The
daily Consumption of the Army is now 100 Barrells flour and Sixty
Bullocks &c. This great as it is might be procured had we money,
but our Treasury is empty, and no Supplies expected from the States in
any Sort equal to the demand. Our embarrassments are great, and
exceedingly distressing, and the State of our finances is Such as would
require the abillities of a Necker to put it into proper order, yet I
hope by the assisstance of the new Bills, Certificates, and Sale of
Bills, we Shall be able to Keep the Army together. The British fleet is
Still off Rhode Island. No accounts yet of the Arrival of the Second
Division of the french. Mr Jay is arrived at Madrid and yesterday Mr
Laurance Sailed from hence for Holland. I have agreed with the
Coachmaker for a Charot for you of the best Kind at £210 Gold or
Continental at the exchange, to be finished by the first week in
November – if you have a Coachmans Seat to it you Can have for the money
2 Setts of Harness only. If it is made without, four Setts will be
furnished. Be pleased to let me have your Instructions in this matter
by the next post. My most respectful Compliments to Mrs. Lee, her
Commission Shall be attended to. Am Sorry I cant Send her the Slippers
by this post, the man has disappointed me.

I am with very respectfully, your Excellencys most humble Servt

John Hanson

My finances begin to run low and I believe my Colleagues are not
much better – pray Save in Some Cash, it must be in Continental old
money, yrs

J.H.

Notes:

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