Item Details

Letter to John Page and Portrait [manuscript] 1776 November 4 and N.D.

Lee, Richard Henry; Longacre, James Barton; Maverick, Peter
Format
Manuscript/Archive
Published
[Philadelphia?] : P. Maverick and J.B. Longacre from a drawing by Longacre from an original miniature, ante 1831.
Language
English
Variant Title
Richard Henry Lee letter and portrait
Summary
Lee agrees with Page that Congress needs to attend to military business before any other as "The worst of all governments, and the greatest of all abuses await us, unless we make the most timely and adequate provisions of fortifications, armed Vessels, cannon, small arms, ammunition, and Troops. Unless these are in a proper way, all other provisions are vain illusions."
He adds that the same mistake was made by the government of Pennsylvania which is "totally enervated and lost in political controversy."
Lee would like to see Portsmouth and Norfolk, Va. fortified so shipbuilding can continue. General [Adam] Stephen reports that he can make them secure with a few more guns.
He urges Page to pay attention to "the Cannon Foundery on James River" as well as the manufacture of small arms, powder, saltpeter and the procurement of arms, ammunition and uniforms from the foreign islands in trade for produce.
Lee concludes with a report on the war in the north, noting that the British are still in Long Island sound and have been beaten in 5 out of 6 skirmishes and had one of their frigates severely damaged at "fort Constitution." He is in hopes that three British ships will be caught when the North River freezes.
Description
2 items.
Cite as
Richard Henry Lee Letter, 1776, and Portrait, n.d., Accession #12615, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
Notes
  • Forms part of the Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection.
  • An engraving of Lee accompanies the letter.
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection. Deposit of Albert H. Small, July 14, 2003.
Biographical Note
Declaration of Independence signer from Virginia.
Technical Details
  • Access in Virgo Classic

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    a| He urges Page to pay attention to "the Cannon Foundery on James River" as well as the manufacture of small arms, powder, saltpeter and the procurement of arms, ammunition and uniforms from the foreign islands in trade for produce.
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    a| Lee concludes with a report on the war in the north, noting that the British are still in Long Island sound and have been beaten in 5 out of 6 skirmishes and had one of their frigates severely damaged at "fort Constitution." He is in hopes that three British ships will be caught when the North River freezes.
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