From Captain William Palfrey
Stamford [Conn.] 29th January 1776
General Lee being unfortunately visited with the Gout or Rheumatism, has directed me to inclose to your Excellency the Copy of a Letter he has just receiv’d by Express from the President of the Continental Congress.1 General Lee would have wrote you, but the position of writing is so very painful that he hopes you will excuse him. Notwithstanding his illness he is determin’d to go forward to-morrow in a Litter which he has ordered to be prepared for that purpose. He begs his Compliments to Mrs Washington & the family, to which we beg leave to add those of Mr Byrd and Your Excellency’s most obedient and humble Servant
Wm Palfrey Aid de Camp
ALS, DLC:GW; copy, MH: Palfrey Family Papers.
1. Hancock informed Lee in his letter of 26 Jan. that Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Lynch, and Andrew Allen were appointed a committee to confer with Lee and the New York committee of safety about the defense of New York City (DLC:GW; see also JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 4:94).