Washington and Lee University

Sender: Francis Lightfoot Lee
Recipient: Landon Carter

My 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 paper.1

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.

Francis Lightfoot Lee

Notes:

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.