Sender: Richard Henry Lee, for the Delegates to Congress
Recipient: Moravians of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Bethlehem September the 22d. 1777
Having here observed a humane and diligent attention to the sick and wounded, and a benevolent desire to make the necessary provision for the relief of the distressed, as far as the powers of the Bretheren enable them. We desire that all Continental Officers may refrain from disturbing the persons or property of the Moravians in Bethlehem, and particularly that they do not disturb or molest the Houses where the women are assembled. Given under our hands at the time and place above mentioned.
Richard Henry Lee
Delegates to Congress
Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 - 1778, p. 324. Ballagh prints with the transcription a facsimile of the letter described thus: "Facsimile given by the courtesy of the Proprietor of the Sun Inn and of the Sesqui-Centennial Memorial Committee of the Moravian Church; on this is written the following note: 'The letter, of which the above is a Photographic Copy, was written and signed in this the "Sun Inn" September the 22nd 1777, as proven by the Moravian Church Records of that date. The Original is in the handwriting of Richard Henry Lee, & is yet in the possession of the Moravian Church, Charles Brodhead'."