Sender: Francis Lightfoot Lee
Recipient: Landon Carter
Philadelphia June 8th. 1777My dear Col.
I have lately received several of your favors, for which I feel myself much
obliged, & should sooner have acknowleged it but that I waited to
have the pleasure of sending you a treatise on sugar making but as
Doctor Bond has repeatedly disappointed me I can no longer defer paying
my respects to you. Mr. Fauntleroy shall have your letter, I can hardly
think he will let his house be made use of when it is so disagreeable
to his neighbours. It is certainly too much surrounded by Slaves &
the season very improper for if the infection shou'd by accident spread
the crops must inevitably be lost. The campaign is not yet opened Genl.
Howe is collecting his forces, but whether he means to act offensively
before he is reinforced, is uncertain. Some think he will be satisfied
to keep himself secure. I think it is reduced to a certainty that G.B.
cannot conquer America with her own forces or what she can procure in
Europe. We have pretty good intelligence that our Enemies are satisfied
of this, & are therefore determined to try this full force of
corruption. We know they have many emissaries at work, & I fear the
scheme has extended further than we are aware of. Mr. Towne coud not
publish your peice, he said it was too long for the plan of his
I have received the number of your Tickets & shall inform you
immediately of their fate. when the Lottery is drawn (which I hope will
be Soon) if I am here, but I hope soon of being with you, as I am very
desirous of returning to my friends if without reputation, at least
without disgrace.2 My best respects to
Sabine Hall. Your friend wishes you health & happiness.
Receiver's copy, Virginia Historical Society.
1 See Francis Lightfoot Lee to Landon Carter, April 15, 1777.
2 See Virginia Delegates to George Wythe, June 10, 1777.