<br /> Lee Letter: n593

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Henry
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir

Last Spring Mrs. Stevinson my unfortunate Relation, made an application to
the General Assembly, for permission to visit her Husband Doctor
Stevinson a refugee in New-York.1 Since her
residence in that City, from Indispossition and distress of Mind, she
has been totally deprived of her sight. In this melencholy Situation,
without the Hopes of soon re-visiting her native Country, the absence
of her Children, greatly augments her afflictions. Her eldest child
does not exceed nine years of age the other two of course must be
younger.

Their Innocence and youth will cover them from public resentment and their
incapacity to injure the State influence your Excellency to afford them
an oppertunity of enjoying the Comforts and protection of a parent.

The criminality of the Father I trust will not reach his unoffending
offspring.

If an application should be made to your Excellency and the Council, in
their behalf, for permission to go into New York, it will afford me
some Satisfaction, to hear that their request was not
rejected.2

Could the State be any way interested or affected by their detention I
should not interest myself in their behalf, but as they are incapable
of harm, no reasonable objection can be made.

For the News of the Day I shall refer you to my letter to the General
Assembly.3

I am Sir with the highest sentiments of respect, Yrs,

J. Henry

Notes:

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

1 In November 1779 the Maryland Assembly had granted Mrs. Ann Stevenson
permission to apply to the commanding officer at Elizabeth, N.J., for
leave to visit her husband Henry in New York and to return. See Md.
Archives, 43:24.

2 In March 1781 the Council granted permission for the Stevenson children to
join their parents in New York, for which see ibid., 45:350.

3 Not found.