<br /> Lee Letter: n650

Washington and Lee University

Sender: James Lovell
Recipient: Richard Henry Lee

’Tis true, my Friend, that I have two of your Letters to acknowledge
besides the one recd. yesterday June 12th and [13th?], lay
unacknowledged when July 13th came to hand.1
Besides my great Weight of Public Business as an Apology, I own I
depended on your Brother L and Sister S2 to
convey information, which, discovered by interceptors, would not have
the same ill Consequences as if from my Pen. I have not Leisure for
Cyphers and the Nature of the Things which would be the subjects for my
Letters is such that I could only write in Cyphers.

Digby is said to have arrived at New-York with 5 Ships of the Line – no Land
Forces – The Tyrant’s 3d Son a Midshipman on Board. If they have eluded
the French intirely in Europe we can expect no great naval Doings here
by our ally, who, you may nevertheless be assured, intends to be
superior in these Seas this Season.

Yr. Brother having been to Head Quarters can and doubtless does, by the
Inclosed,3 inform you respecting Land
Operations.

I am greatly pleased at what the Marquis de Fayette writes of yr. Son.

I take much Interest in what must conduce to your Happiness.

Yr. Frd. & humb Servt.

J.L.

Notes:

MS not found; reprinted from James Rivington’s New York Royal Gazette,
September 15, 1781, where it appeared under the heading “A Sixth
Mail. Contents of a Southern Rebel Mail, Lately taken by a Party of
Associated Loyalists.”

1 Only Richard Henry Lee’s June 12 letter to Lovell is in Lee, Letters
(Ballagh), 2:235 – 38.

2 That is, Arthur Lee and Alice Lee Shippen.

3 An extract from the “Inclosed” July 23 letter of Arthur Lee to Richard
Henry was also published in the September 15 issue of the Royal
Gazette.