<br /> Lee Letter: n677

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear sir

I am honored with your Excellencys Letter of the 19th and am much obliged
to you for the friendly hint you have given me; Should I attend the
assembly I hope to be able to give them the information they may
require respecting our public affairs; but I am very desirous of
haveing Mr Johnson in our assembly and if I am informed that there is a
probabillity of his being Elected in Case of a vacancy, I shall
immediately resign my Seat.1 I have wrote to
a friend of His and mine in Frederick Town on the
Subject,2 and Should be glad of your
thoughts on the Occasion. This to yourself if you please. No particular
Account from Gen Washington of the prisoners and Stores taken at York
and Gloucester is yet Come to hand. Neither have we had Any Account of
the French fleet since they left the Bay nor of the English Since they
left New York. I have been So Engaged this Morning that I have not time
to add more than that, I am with the warmest friendship,

Excellencys most hble Servt.

John Hanson


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

1 Thomas Johnson was indeed elected to fill a vacancy in the first session of
the 1780 – 81 Maryland assembly and Hanson resigned his seat in that
body, having been chosen president of Congress on November 5 and
reelected as a delegate by the state. Johnson, however, chose not to
attend the assembly, resigning his seat on December 11, 1781. See
JCC, 21:1100, 1152; and Bio. Dict. of Md. Legis., 1:405 – 6, 2:496.

2 Not found; but see Hanson to Philip Thomas, November 6, 1781.