From Henry Lee
Richmond—28th [November] 17901
My dear sir:
As one who asks no employment but will accept of it, if public considerations should make his service proper do I now address You.
We have heard of a defeat of the Western Army & popular clamour is loud.2
If the events of war should render a change in the command of your troops necessary, & you should consider me equal to the charge, such is my miserable condition from the vicissitude attendant on mortals, that I should esteem it a happiness to be called to military service. I have the honor to be with unalterable affection & respect your most obt ser.
1. The cover is docketed “Novr 28th 1790” in a separate hand and is addressed in Lee’s hand to the president at Philadelphia, “hond by the honl. Mr Giles.”