<br /> Lee Letter: n719

Washington and Lee University

Sender: John Hanson
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

My Dear sir

A Vessel is just Arrived here from Amsterdam and Another at Boston from the
same place with Cloathing for our Army which with what is on hand will
be Sufficient. Another is hourly expected. By the above Vessel Congress
have received dispatches from the minister at the
Hague.1 He mentions nothing respecting the
Negociation for peace. The Declaration of our Independence by the Dutch
is Confirmed which by order of Congress will be Communicated by the
Secretary of Foreign Affairs to the Executive of each
State.2 The post is not yet Arrived And I
have waited so long for him that I have Scarce time to inclose you the
paper. The Debate in the House of Commons is very interesting. Have
done nothing more in your Affair with Heron. Expecting my Son is on the
Eastern shore have not wrote to him. Should he be at Annapolis you will
favour him with a Sight of the paper.

I have the honor to be with the highest esteem, your Excellencys most hble
Servt,

John Hanson3

Notes:

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

1 According to the “Daily Journal” of the office for foreign affairs, the
“Triplicate” of John Adams’ letter of June 9 was received on
September 23. Ten letters from Adams dated from April 19 to July 5
had recently been received and referred to Congress on September 11.
See PCC, item 84, 4:85 – 87, item 126; PCC Miscellaneous Papers, reel
1, fols. 577 – 80; and Samuel Osgood to John Lowell, September 13,
1782, note 1.

2 For this September 15 circular letter of Secretary Robert R. Livingston,
see PCC, item 119, fols. 176 – 77; and Wharton, Diplomatic
Correspondence, 5:728.

3 Hanson also wrote an almost identical letter to Philip Thomas this date,
which is in the Hanson Letters, MdHi.