<br /> Lee Letter: b154

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: William Aylett

Dear Sir,

Some time in the summer or Fall last, the commissy. General had orders from Congress to purchase in Virg. & Maryld. a considerable quantity of Flour for the use of the french Fleet, and it was directed to be stored in such safe and convenient places, as that it might not be in danger of the enemy or obstructions from the ice when there was occasion to remove it. I have no manner of doubt, from the known ability and industry of Colo. Wadsworth and yourself but that you have the requisite flour ready for the call of France. I yesterday evening received a letter from Monsr. Gerard, the Minister of France at Philadelphia, informing me that this flour was much relied on, that Vessels were now on their way to Chesapeake to receive it, and that Captain Veillon would be in Virginia in a few days to see the flour shipped. As it is of infinite consequence that our good and able friends and Ally should want nothing, that it is in our power to furnish, and as it is an object of great importance to the common cause, I make no doubt but that you will exert all your powers to supply the flour wanted immediately. I think Col. Wadsworth told me that he had directed you should purchase all the flour you could in Virginia, as he did not imagine that all would be too much for the double use of France & our Army. I shall esteem it a particular favor, if you will write me to Philadelphia by return of Post, how you are provided with flour, what quantity you have for the french fleet, and where it is stored. I am with much esteem and friendship,

dear Sir your most affectionate and obedient Servant.

Richard Henry Lee

Notes:

Lee PapersUniversity of Virginia Archives

Printed in James Curtis Ballagh, The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Volume 2, 1779 – 1794, pp. 28 – 29.