<br /> Lee Letter: n704

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

My Dear sir

I have received your Excellencys favour of the 20th by the post. Am much
obliged to you for the trouble you have taken in procuring the Sum of
red money I requested you to draw for me as an Additional favour must
request your Excellency to Keep it untill I have occasion to Call for
it.

The mail of which the post was robbed I hope will not afford Sir Guy any
very important intelligence. If the Account published in the papers of
a packet having been taken and Carried into North Carolina be true, it
is probable the regaining those papers was the object. Congress have
not received a line from their Deputies Since the[y] left this place
nor was any information respecting their Business expected.

Capt. Asgill is not yet Executed, it is Still expected that Lippencut the
perpretrater of Huddys Murder will be given up. This affair has put the
British Commander into a most disagreeable Situation And will Occasion
I hope Such Annimosities between the regulars and refugees as will not
be Speedily Settled. I find a 5s specie Tax is to be Collected in our
State in August,1 to be paid into the
Continental Treasury and that Sixty thousand pounds is also to be
raised by the Sale of British and Confiscated
property.2 This tho’ Short of our Quota will
be of great Service and if the other States furnish as much in
proportion will it is to be hoped Keep the wheels in Motion. There is
at present a very great dearth of news. Have inclosed you a paper. I
don’t write to my son by this post, be pleased to let him Know we are
well. With best wishes for your health and happiness,

I am my Dear sir,
Your Excellencys most hble Sert,

John Hanson

Notes:

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

1 For the proceedings that led to the adoption of this Maryland bill on June
8, see Votes and Proceedings of the House of Delegates of the State
of Maryland, April Session, 1782, pp. 126 – 27, 146, DLC (ESR).

2 For the Maryland Assembly’s adoption on June 15 of this “bill for the sale
of certain confiscated British property,” see ibid., pp. 163 – 64.