<br /> Lee Letter: n570

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear sir

I have never mist one Post writing to you And my not receiving

Any of your favours for three weeks past induces me to believe you are out
of Town. By a former letter I acquainted you that I had in Compliance
with your request engaged a Chariot to be made for you by the first
week in November next at £210 gold or paper at the exchange. That
if you had a Coachmans Seat to it, you would have only two Setts of
harness, but if it was made without, four Setts would be furnished and
desired your direction. Mrs. Lees Shoes are not yet finished.

I now inclose you a resolve of Congress recommending to the States to raise
by Tax’s payable in the new Continental money or Specie or other money
forty for one, An additional Sum of 3,000,000 of Dollars by the last
December next.1 If you think it
indispensably necessary, that this recommendation Should be adopted,
and that our people is able to pay the Tax, I presume it will be
necessary (to comply with it in time), to Convene the assembly
immediately but when the heavy Taxes, the people at present
labour.under, and the present Scarcety of money is Considered, I Submit
it to your Superior Judgment Whether it might not be as well that the
matter be postponed ’till the meeting of the new assembly in the fall.
You wil be pleased to observe that a Complyance with this
recommendation will in a manner Contravene our late Law for Emitting
fifty thousand pounds at least it will be to no purpose to Issue it as
Whatever we Strike, So much less of the Continental new Bills is to be
put into Circulation. Our Embarrassments for want of money daily
increases, Large demands from our Staff departments, are daly making,
no money in the Treasury, nor none expected in any set, equal to the
pressing Demands there is for it. Our army in the field and in daily
expectations of going into action and little or no provisions on hand,
without our prospects of Supplies are so very unpromising, that I wish
the reduction of our Army may not become absolutely necessary.

The Alliance one of the Continental Frigates is Just Arrived at Boston,
from Brest. She has some military Stores on Board. Doct A Lee Came
passenger in her. No accounts of the Second Division of the French
fleet, that Can be depended on. The British fleet Still remain at Rhode
Island. Clinton on Long Island and General Washington in the
neighbourhood of Dobs’s ferry. Our part of the new Bills are Compleated
And will be Speedily forwardd. I am under the necessity of requesting
the favour of you, if there is any money in the Treasury to Send me up
as much as you Can on Acct of my allowance. There is none to be had
here, it must be of the present Cont. money. The new will not pass.

I have the honor to be with great esteem & regard, Your Excellencys
most hble Servt.

John Hanson

Notes:

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

1 For this August 26 resolve, See JCC, 17:782 – 83; and Samuel Huntington to
the States, Sepember 2, 1780.