From Major General Charles Lee
New York Feb’ry the 26th 1777
My Dr Sir
I am extremely glad that Morris is so far recover’d that there is a probability of his leaving Philadelphia Where I left him (as I thought) in a very bad way from the effects of his Southern expedition—I have the sincerest love and affection for him—his excellent qualities, his good sense and integrity must endear him to evrybody who knows him—Eustace I consider as my adopted Son. considering the circumstances of his being taken out of other hands and his affection for me I ought to look upon him in this light—in short, shou’d any accident happen to me, it has long been my resolution to leave evrything I possess on this side the water betwixt these two young Men—You will much oblige me therefore in sending Morris to N. York the instant He joins You—General Howe, will I make no doubt transmit a passport for him by the same Flag of truce with this letter as likewise for the Gentlemen Whom I impatiently expect from the Congress—Eustace if He comes up in consequence of the enclosd letter will I dare say have the same indulgence. Adieu, My Dr Friends, God preserve and protect You—Yours most sincerely
P.S. You will, I request, shew this note to Morris and his Father if He is with You.
ALS, DLC:GW; copy, enclosed in GW to Hancock, 6 Mar. 1777, DNA:PCC, item 152; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169. A docket on the copy of this letter in DNA:PCC, item 152, indicates that Congress read this letter on 12 Mar. 1777.