George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major Henry Lee, Jr., 11 July 1779

From Major Henry Lee, Jr.

Ha⟨ver⟩Straw [N.Y.] July 11th 79


I had the honor of your Excellency’s let. of the 10th last night.

I am sorry it did not reach me previous to the execution of the deserter. Altho’ from what I observe here it has had a very immediate effect for the better on both troops & inhabitants.

Another deserter was apprehended yesterday. He belongs to the 10th pens. He is sent up unhurt.

A party now out, are acting under my former orders. It is certain that should any deserters appear they will if taken be put to death.

I have forwarded counter orders in the spirit of your Excellcys directions.1 with this additional, that only one instead of the whole be executed of such as may be apprehended. I have the honor to be sir with perfect attachment

Henry Lee Jr.


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