<br /> Lee Letter: n590

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Plater
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir

I am honor’d by your Favor of the 3d for which be pleased to accept my
Acknowledgments. We have various flying Reports of fortunate Events
having taken Place in the South, & waited impatiently the Arrival
of this Days Post, expecting it to bring Confirmation; but we are as
yet without it, notwithstanding some have come in a pretty direct Line.
A Letter of short Date from Mr. Curson in St Eustatia mentions a
Disposition in the Dutch to War,1 that they
have fifty Sail of Ships, & that the Admiral in that Iland pays
great Regard to the American Flag by regularly returning every Salute.
A Paragraph in a late N York Paper, complaining of the Perfidy of some
Powers which (as they think), ought to be more attached to Britain,
seems to give Strength to the above Observation. I am much obliged by
your Attention to our Wants, & as you say you shortly expect a
considerable Sum, I will take the Liberty to draw. Mrs. Plater begs to
be presented to your Lady,

& I entreat you to believe that I am
with the highest Respect, yr Excellency’s most obt. & obliged hble

Geo Plater


Receiver’s copy, Revolutionary War Collection, Maryland Historical Society.

1 There is no letter in PCC of “short Date” from Samuel Curson, the
Continental agent in St. Eustatia, relating to “a Disposition in the
Dutch to War,” but for the drift of the United Provinces into direct
conflict with Great Britain during the fall of 1780, see Friedrich
Edler, The Dutch Republic and the American Revolution (Baltimore:
Johns Hopkins Press, 1911), pp. 148 – 73; and Jan Willem Schulte
Nordholt, The Dutch Republic and American Independence, trans. by H.
H. Rowen (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1982), pp.
146 – 57.