Sender: Francis Lightfoot Lee
Recipient: Mann Page
Philadelphia July 15. 1777My 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.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
One of my horses is stolen & another wounded.
Receiver's copy, Gilder Lehrman Collection, Pierpont Morgan Library.