<br /> Lee Letter: n621

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir

Mr Carroll and I wrote to your Excellency and the Honorable Council by last
post,1 requesting a Supply of one thousand
Dollars each of the new Emission, but at the present Exchange, I find
that Sum Will be insufficient to answer my Immediate purposes. The
Exchange between gold and silver, and the Emissions of the 18th March,
Issued by the State of Maryland, is as 40 to 140, so that one silver
Dollar is equal to three and a half. I must therefore request that my
Sum may be increased to fifteen hundred Dollars for Which I Will be
Accountable at the Exchange that may be Settled by the
state.2

The Marquis Delafyette Writes from Williamsburgh of the 26th
Ult.3 That the Whole British fleet put out
to Sea on the Morning of the 24th and return’d again With a number of
Transports (Supposed to be from New York) on the 25th – it is said these
Transports had 2000 Troops on Board. These Joined with the Army under
Arnold it is feared Will do great Mischief. I have inclosed you a hand
Bill Containing an Account of the Action of the 15th and of the Killed,
Wounded And Missing of the Continentals – by the return from the DA
General We also lost of the Militia 97 Killed and Wounded officers
included and missing 846 privates Supposed to be gone home. The Riffle
regiments Commanded by Campbell and Lynch had 224 Killed and Wounded,
officers included.

I have the honor to be with great Esteem & Regard, Your Excellencys
& Honors most humble Sert,

John Hanson

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Maryland State Papers (Red Books), Maryland Hall of
Records Commission, Annapolis.

1 See Maryland Delegates to Lee, March 27, 1781.

2 For the approval of this request, see Maryland Delegates to Lee, March 13,
1781, note.

3 For Lafayette’s letter of March 25, not 26, see Abraham Clark to Elias
Dayton, April 1, 1781, note