<br /> Lee Letter: n710

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

My dear sir

The french fleet are now off the Capes of Delaware, of which they have
given the merchants here notice. On the 14h May Mr. Jay was on his way
from Madrid to Paris. He Confirms the Account of the British haveing
Acknowledged our Independence. This with the Spirited proceedings of
the Irish parliament must add greatly to the embarrassments of our
Enemy, and dispose them to think Sensably of peace. Mr Foxs Speech
in the House of Commons Seems Calculated to prepare he nation for it,
the picture he has drawn of their public affairs must be Alarming and
will probably incline them either to a general peace, or a more
vigorous prosecution of the war by Sea, but I hope for the former, god
grant it may soon take place. Their late Success in the Action with
Count de Grasse, may raise their Spirits and afford them Some
Consolation, but it Can be but momentary, when they reflect on the
additional Strength the Dutch Alliance must give to the navy of France
and Spain. The June packet is arrived at New York. Nothing transpired.
We hear no more of Sir Guy, than if he was placed in the most remote
regions. Savanna I believe is evacuated And some late movements
indicate the same takeing place at Charles Town.

With esteem & regard I have the honor to be Dr Sir, your Excellencys
most hble Servt.

J.H.

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Lee, Horsey, and Carroll Papers deposit (1988), Maryland
Historical Society.

1 This day Hanson also wrote an almost identical letter to his son-in-law,
Dr. Philip Thomas of Frederick, Md. Hanson Collection, MdHi. In
addition, he wrote a brief note of the same date to “Colo. Henry
Hollingsworth, Head of Elk,” thanking him for “an order on your
brother for 57.5.0,” and requesting another for £100. Lloyd W.
Smith Collection, NjMoHP.