<br /> Lee Letter: n576

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear sir,

Admiral Rodneys Arrival at Sandy Hook with ten Sail of the line is
Confirmed beyond a doubt, preparations are makeing at New York for a
Considerable embarkation of Troops. Virginia is Supposed to be the
object. General Washingtons Army is Again in motion, to Cross the North
River, with a View perhaps to divert the Enemy from Sending Troops to
the Southward. I wish I Could Congratulate you on the Arrival of the
Second Division of the French fleet, so long expected, And whose
Arrival has been so often reported. Congress have had no Official
Account of that matter and am therefore afraid the reports are without
foundation. Our Army is Still distressed for Want of Meat but their
Wants will in a little time I hope be removed – Pensylvania have engaged
to furnish immediately, one thousand Head of Cattle. Supplies are
Comeing in from the Eastern States, And I hope Colo Blane will be able
to procure 500 head in our State.

The following is an Extract of a Letter from General Gates to Congress
dated Hillsborough Sept. 5th. 1780.1 “Two of
our prisoners who escaped from Charles Town the 27th ultimo in the
morning say, that all the preceeding Day Signal Guns were fireing from
Fort Moultrie for the Approach of an Emies Fleet, and that the 27h in
the morning Alarm Guns were fired from Charles Town up the Country. I
also have Intelligence over Land from Georgia, that in Consequence of
Augusta being Attacked the Hessians in the Garrison at Savanah, were
ordered to March night and Day to reinforce Augustine.”

I have the honor to be with great Esteem, Your Excellency most hble

John Hanson2


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

1 For the complete text, see PCC, item 154, 2:242 – 43.

2 This day Hanson wrote a nearly identical letter to Charles Carroll of
Carrollton, which is in the Carroll Papers, MdHi.