<br /> Lee Letter: n585

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear sir

I most Sincerely Congratulate you, on our late Success to the Southward.
This event it is to be hoped will give the most happy turn to our
affairs in that part of the Country and if properly improved, I think
master Cornwallis, will in short time wish himself Safe in Charles
Town.

Last Week we had intelligence from Head Quarters of a British fleet having
Sailed a few days before from the Hook with 2500 Troops, 40 horses and
a number of Spare Arms – destined it is Supposed to the
Southward.1 The Cork fleet which had been
long expected Arrived last week at New York, which Occasioned great
rejoicing there. A general Exchange of Prisoners both Officers and
Privates has taken place except the Convention Troops and those of ours
taken in Charles Town.2

Your Carriage is nearly ready. Exchange 75 Per Ct. Mr Henry talks of
leaving Congress in a few days. Mr. Plater says his time is out the 5th
Decr. and I cannot Stay longer than the last of next month unless I am
detained for want of money to clear out.

Yours in Council dated the 20th to the Delegates is Just Come to hand. I am
desired by my Colleagues to Acknowledge the receipt of it and to
acquaint you that it Came to hand too late, to lay it before Congress
and to be able to give you their determination by this post. It shall
be done by the next.3

I have the honor to be, Dear sir, Your Excellencys most hble Servt,

John Hanson

[P.S.] Scott and <Rich>ard Lloyd and family <arriv>ed at New
York.4

Notes:

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

1 See Samuel Huntington to Thomas Jefferson, October 21, 1780, note 2.

2 This day Hanson sent a nearly identical copy of these first two paragraphs
to Charles Carroll of Carrollton, for which see the Carroll Papers,
MdHi.

3 For the governor’s October 20 letter seeking reimbursement of £2,000
of the new state emission advanced to the Continental treasurer to
enable Maryland’s extra regiment to march southward, see Md Archives,
43:335. When the delegates submitted Lee’s letter on October 25,
Congress immediately ordered the funds disbursed. See JCC, 18:972.

4 Richard Bennett Lloyd of Kent County, Md., had received permission to
travel to New York City to retrieve personal property, including
household furniture, belonging to his second wife, Elizabeth. He may
have been accompanied by his Kent County neighbor, John Scott. See Md
Archives, 43:342; and Biog. Dict. of Md Legis., 2:542 – 43, 718 – 19.