Washington and Lee University

Sender: Francis Lightfoot Lee
Recipient: Mann Page

My dear Sir

No event of consequence has taken place, since you left us, but the unfortunate loss of Ticonderoga. Burgoyne arrived there, about the begining of this month; with what force, we know not as yet. We had a

Letter from Sinclair dated the 3d in which he was in high spirits, but on the 5th he determined to evacuate, & on the 6th marched his troops out, for what reason, or where he is gone we cannot as yet learn. We have lost all the Stores, & Burgoyne is pushing down with rapidity to Albany. The whole Country in consternation, with which Schyler seems to be much infected. In this situation of affairs Burgoyne has dispersed a most Bombastic, terrific proclamation, threatening fire & sword, death, desolation & destruction, to all who resist his invincible arm, or remove their provisions; but promises mercy to those who submit & chuse to enjoy the blessings of Liberty, with solid coin for their commodities. This proclamation, which can only raise laughter in any thing with the spirit of a flea, Schyler thinks, will be attended with terrible consequences. However I think Burgoyne's flighty folly, will lead him to his ruin, for, in the present panic, he will penetrate so far into the Country, that he will find it difficult to return. Howe is yet at N. York, it is every moment expected he will begin his operations up N. River. Encourage a close attention to the militia, least he shou'd think fit to Visit you.

No news foreign or naval. Our affte. compts. to Mannsfeild.

Farewell,
Francis Lightfoot Lee

One of my horses is stolen & another wounded.

Notes:

Receiver's copy, Gilder Lehrman Collection, Pierpont Morgan Library.