<br /> Lee Letter: n580

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

My Dear sir,

Yours of the 2d September I have Just received. No Accounts of the French
fleet and as the Season is so far Advanced it is probable they will not
be here at all – indeed their Arrival is not now so desireable. I never
was very Sanguine in my Expectations Against New York And it is now
quite too late to attempt A reduction of that place. They might render
good Service to the Southward. The great preparations lately at New
York for a large embarkation of Troops which were generally Supposed to
have been intended Against Rhode Island or Virginia Appears now to have
been designed to Carry Arnolds Wicked plot Against West point into
Execution, in which it is probable they would have Succeeded had it not
been timely discovered. By the inclosed papers you will be informed of
that treacherous Affair so far as is Come to hand. Our assembly you are
so Kind as to inform me is to meet the 17th instant – the important
matters they will have under Consideration will it is probable Occasion
a long Session. I pray god Something Substantial may be done. I hope
our Troops will be particularly Attended to. They must be in a wretched
Condition for want of Cloathing having lost all their Baggage in the
late Action. We have no very material intelligence from the Southward,
What we have is rather favourable, Some Skirmishing in which we have
been Successful. The Army increasing fast and is now pretty formidable.
Governor Nash has requested General Smallwood to take the Command of
the Troops in that State, by which it would Seem that Gen. Gates has
lost his Confidence and it is more than probable that of the whole
Army, should this be the Case no good Can be expected from his being
Continued in the Command. The post is just Setting out and therefore am
obliged to Conclude with assuring you of the high esteem and regard
with which I have the honor to be,

Yr. Excellencys most Obedt &
humble Sevt,

John Hanson

Your not writing by the last post I am afraid was occasioned by
your Ill State of health.


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