<br /> Lee Letter: n589

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir

I received your two letters one by the post and the other by Express, with
their inclosures, the money I have not Counted but Suppose it to be
right. As the Exchange is rising Shall pay it Away immediately (I
expect at 75) tho’ your Carriage is not quite finished it is in the
hands of the painter – will find you out a Couple of Horses If I Can,
And let you know the price before I agree for them.

The Enemy have been lately reinforced at new York with about 800 Germans,
and about 1200 British Troops. This may enable them to Send Some more
men to the southward, many they Cant Spare from New York, and their
other posts. Last night an Express Arrived from the Southward
Confirming the Account we before had of the Enemys landing at
Portsmouth and advising that Cornwallis had left Charlotte, and was
making a rapid retreat to Camden.1 Our
people were hanging on his rear, And it is thought would be very
troublesome to him.

I have the honor to be with the highest Esteem and regard, Dear sir your
Excellencys most hble Servt,

John Hanson

Some Cash would be very Acceptable. General Green is now in Town on
his way to take the Command of the Southern Army. He will leave this
place in a day or two. Baron Stuben is also to Join the Southern Army
As is Major Lees Corps of Light horse.

Notes:

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

1 See John Hanson to Charles Carroll of Carrollton, October 30, 1780, note 3.

This intelligence was also reported in the following brief note of this
date by James Lovell to [Elbridge Gerry?]. “Cornwallis is retreating
in some Confusion as appears by his leaving the Camp Kettles on the
Fire and 5 Loaded Waggons 5 miles on his Road from Camden. We have
this in Letters from Gen. Gates. Tuesday, 31 Octr.” Gerry-Townsend
Papers, NN.