<br /> Lee Letter: n718

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

My Dear sir

I am honored with your Excellencys letter of the 20th And Agreeable to
direction inclose the papers you mention. I hope you will have it in
your power to Settle the matter at Annapolis upon much better terms
than I believe it would ever be Settled here. The remainder of the
wheat Mr. Heron Says he has received.

The Capture of the Eagle is unfortunate to us as well as the french. She
with five other frigates were intended for the protection of our trade,
the loss of which is severely felt here and in a very Considerable
degree Effects the State of our Finances. The little demand for produce
occasioned by the want of trade renders the payment of Taxs very
difficult, and to which the very great deficiency in the payment of the
Sum last required by Congress, may in a great measure be attributed.
Not more than one Eightieth part has yet been received, from which you
may Judge of the State of the Continental Treasury. No official letters
from France later than the 29th June and they Contain nothing very
Material. No mention is maid of the negociation. I inclose you the last
paper And have the honor to be with the greatest esteem,

Your
Excellency’s most humble Servt,

J.H.

Notes:

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