<br /> Lee Letter: n673

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

My Dear Governor

I have the honor of yours of the 12th. No Express is yet Arrived from
General Green – if he Comes by Water it may be Accounted for as the Winds
for some days past have been Contrary. I wish to See a particular
Account of the Killed and Wounded but at the same time am fearful for
our line, it is reported that Colo Howard is Killed.

From undoubted intelligence the British have been reinforced Since the late
engagement with Count de Grasse With Six Ships of the line & that
their fleet now Consists of twenty nine Ships of the line. Mr Carroll
and I had the honor of inclosing you Copys of some papers by
Express1 which I hope you receivd by which
you are made Acquainted with the designs of the Enemy to relieve Lord
Cornwallis by advices Since the Troops they take with them Amount to
upwards of 5000. Their fleet is very formidable, And tho Considerably
inferior to the french, yet as so much depends upon the Issue of their
enterprize, I must Confess my fears are some what Excited – but hope for
the best. The Account of the Arrival of Cloathing and Stores to the
Eastward, which I mentioned in my last,2 it
seems is premature. Some Agreeable intelligence from the Southward is
Contained in the last paper to which I refer you. And Am with the
highest Sentiments of esteem and regard, Dear Sir, Your Excellency most
humble Servt, John Hanson

Notes:

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

1 See Maryland Delegates to Lee, October 13, 1781, note.

2 Hanson to Lee, October 9, 1781.