[dateline] York Town Jany: 20th. 1778
[salute] Dear Sir
Mr. Lovell informed me last Evening of your acceptation of the appointment; and also
that he should send an express immediately to the Eastward with dispatches, by whom
I feel a mixture of joy and grief on this event. As a Patriot, I ought to congratulate
my Countrymen upon it, as having thereby a glorious prospect of seeing the liberties
of America supported by so able an advocate; but as an interested individual the event
is exceedingly grievous—as thereby an invaluable friend and patron is lost to me for
We are informed by Genl: Gates (who arrived here yesterday) that a general disaffection
prevails mong the Canadians; Genl: Carleton, by scourging and bastinading 20 or 30
prisoners under the convention, has obliged them to enlist. By this Conduct, he has
evidenced to the world that he is possessed of a Howe's humanity and a Burgoyne's
faith. They are fit instruments for executing the wicked projects of the sanguinary
Administration of Britain.
It is currently reported here that Genl: Lee is exchanged.2
A man, who saw him in New York, says, that upon asking the Commissary of Prisoners
who the Genl: was exchanged for, was answered that it was none of his business, that
he was exchanged and that was sufficient. The same man further adds, that the Genl:
told him, that he should come out of New York in a day or two.
If there is any thing respecting your domestic matters that can be left to my Care,
I will manage them with the utmost Cheerfulness and fidelity.
Permit me, Sir, after most sincerely wishing you a good———and that your life, health
and Usefulness may be preserved, to subscribe myself, Your very hble. Sevt.,