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Henry, Patrick (1736-1799) to Richard Henry Lee

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03869 Author/Creator: Henry, Patrick (1736-1799) Place Written: Williamsburg, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 January 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written by Henry as Governor of Virginia to Lee as a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress. Sends congratulations about Washington's victory at Trenton on 25 December 1776. Observes that the people of Virginia are firm. Believes a great number of volunteers can still be found. Hopes enlistments may be filled, but doubts it will happen quickly. Says the Cherokees are humbled, but fears hostilities will break out around Pittsburgh, and he has prepared accordingly. Says arms and woolens are needed. Says "I do indeed pity your situation ... Let me tell you that altho yr Fatigue is almost too much to bear, yet you must hold out a little longer." Sends compliments to Colonel Frank. Wants to know best method of doing justice to General Adam Stephen's rank. Thinks it should be raised. Address is on separate page, 7 x 12 cm. Letter appears to have been framed and has mat burn around the edges. Date and place written from seller's description. Letter published in "Life, Correspondence, and Speeches of Patrick Henry," Vol. 1, pg. 511.

People: Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Battle, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Continental Army, Continental Congress, Congress, Hessians, Recruitment, American Indian History, Frontiers and Exploration, Weaponry, Military Supplies, Clothing and Accessories, Judaism

Sub Era: The War for Independence