<br /> Lee Letter: n617

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Samuel Huntington
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee


I do myself the Honour to Transmit you the enclosed intelligence from his
Excellency Genl Washington, as it may be of Importance if you Should
not have obtaind the Information from the fleet before this comes to

I have the Honour to be with the highest Respect your Humble Servt,

Sam. Huntington

P.S. I have been Honourd with your favour of the 14th


Receiver’s copy, Henry E. Huntington Library, HM 22565. Addressed: “His
Excellency Govr. Lee.” Papers of Continental Congress, item 15, U.S.
National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
Addressed: “To His Excelly. Governor Lee. N.B. The like to the
Marquis de la Fayette.”

1 Huntington’s enclosure consisted of a March 11 letter from Washington, who
reported that the French squadron at Newport had just embarked, and
that “By advices from New London the British, which were in
Gardiner’s Bay, did the same yesterday morning with their whole
force.” With Washington’s letter was also one of the same date to the
marquis de Lafayette, which Lee, in his March 23 reply to Huntington,
explained that he had forwarded upon receipt. See MdAA, Brown Books,
1:64; PCC, item 70, fols. 461 – 64; and Washington, Writings
(Fitzpatrick), 21:333-34.

2 Lee’s March 14 letter to Huntington is in PCC, item 70, fols. 457 – 60.