Washington and Lee University

Sender: Francis Lightfoot Lee
Recipient: Landon Carter

My dear Col.

Mr. Jackson will deliver you a Letter which I wrote some time agoe, 1 by Mr. Crump, who was stoped at Elk by Mr. Howe. I hope it will arrive time enough for your sugar making business. I cou'd have procured the Sickles at 10/ & 12/ a peice, but the impossibility of conveying any thing from hence to Virginia at present, will oblige me to hold my hand, till I hear further from you.

Genl. Howe is now within 40 miles of us with his whole force, yet we are in good spirits having our Genl. & a spirited Army to oppose him. By the papers sent to Col. Tayloe, which I know you will have the benefit of, you will see that we have little to apprehend from the valorous & most puissant Burgoyne, we fear he will make his retreat good.

If Howe should be obliged to betake himself to his ships, we hope the Virginia Militia will prevent his pillaging the Country on his return. Our best respects to Sabine Hall.

I am Dear Col. Your afft. friend & hble Sert.
Francis Lightfoot Lee

Notes:

Receiver's copy, New York Public Library.

1 See Lee to Carter, August 13, 1777.