<br /> Lee Letter: n584

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

My Dear sir,

The Saratoga one of the Continental frigates, is just returned from a
Cruize of about four Weeks and has taken four Jamaica men, with rum and
sugar – one of them mounted 22 Guns, one 20, and another 18. She was
parted from her prizes a few nights Ago, in a fog, on Soundings, two of
them it is said are arrived in the river, and the other hourly
expected. Should they get in, it will be a very timely Supply for the
Army. This Same Vessel brought in about five Weeks ago, A brig with 230
hhds rum.

In the Opinion of Gen. Washington the Campaign is over, after sufficiently
reinforcing the Garrison at West Point, He has removed with the Army to
a different part of the Country for the Conveniency of forrage. No
further Accounts of the Embarkation at New York, Since my last – perhaps
Andre’s tryal and Execution will be in tomorrows paper, it was ordered
to be printed. Our embarrassments for want of money are daily
encreasing – Constant applications for money and none in the Treasury,
nor any likely to be paid in by the States – Taxes in every State being
Anticipated and discharged With Certificates instead of money – the
resolution of the 18th March not generally adopted – And where it is, the
new Emission which in the Opinion of many was to do everything, Cant be
got into Circulation, and of Course the four tenths which was much
relyed on to pay of the Army, will not be received. The Situation of
Affairs is extreamly distressing – and unless our finances Can be
properly changed I dont see how our difficulties are to be Surmounted.
Nothing in my opinion would so effectually Contribute to put our
finances in proper order, as a few Million of hard Dollrs but how are
they to be obtained? France pleads poverty and the Court of Spain it is
probable, will not be very hasty (Whatever her inclinations may be) in
giving us assistance while our Claim to A free navagation of the River
Mississippi is insisted on. God Send our independence was Acknowledged
by G Britain, and that we had a spaedy and permanent peace.

Your Carriage is now painting and will be ready by the first Week in

With Compliments to Mrs. Lee, I am with much esteem, Your
Excellencys most hble Servt,

John Hanson.1

[P.S.] Colo Morgan is promoted to the rank of a Brigadier General. NB. I
shall be in distress for Want of money very soon and must beg the
favour of you to procur me a further Supply as soon as possible – it must
be in old Continental money.


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

1 This day Hanson also wrote a nearly identical letter to Charles Carroll of
Carrollton, for which see the Carroll Papers, MdHi.