Sender: Richard Henry Lee, for the Virginia Delegates to Congress
Recipient: George Pyncheon
Recipient: John Bradford
York in Pennsylva 16. Octr. 1777Gentlemen
The Bearer whom we have employed to prevail, if he can, with eight Sergeants belonging to the late Gen. Coudrays corps of Artillery, to return, and enter into the service of the Commonwealth of Virginia; hopes to overtake this Corps at Springfield, but if not, he will proceed to Boston after them. If Monsr.
should succeed in his mission, it may be necessary that he should be furnished with the means of getting a waggon, or two, to convey these people and their baggage to this place. We have to request Gentlemen that you will do us the favor to assist this Gentleman in procuring the carriages that may be necessary for the above purpose, and your draught on the Virginia Delegates in Congress for the expence incurred in this <bus>iness shall be punctually and honorably paid. We have <tak>en the liberty, on the recommendation of Mr. <Presid>sent <H>ancock, to entreat your good offices in this affair,
and remain with esteem Gentlemen &c.
Richard Henry Lee
york Town, in Penna. 16. Octr. 1777
Please pay to [ ] the sum of eighty dollars & charge the same to the account of the Virga. Delegates.
We are &c.
To Mich. Hillegas, Esq.
Lee PapersAmerican Philosophical Society
Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 1, 1762 - 1778, pp. 331 - 32.
A note in an unknown handwriting in the lower right hand corner of the manuscript reads: "Mr. Leeâ€™s fortune not being very ample & having a large family to support, he was obliged to live on the payts from the State of Va. - The States paid their respective Delegates - To be of as little expence as possible, to His Constituents, at a time when every Dollar was needed for their preservation, he Marketed for himself For two months during Nov & Decr â€™77 which were unusually cold, he lived upon wild pigeons - Vast numbers of these birds were brought from the country which being very poor, were sold for a few cents pr Dozen & afforded but a scanty fare - "