<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0024

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Secret Committee
Recipient: Samuel Purviance, Jr.

Sir

The Secret Committee request that you immediately put a Trusty Officer from
the frigate Virginia on board the Lexington with orders to have her
directly moved up to the place most fit for unloading her and to remain
with the Brig until further orders. You Sir Will be pleased to take
proper measures for landing, storing, and securing the Lexingtons
Cargo. Let an Inventory thereof be taken and returned to us.

As there is no officer on board the Lexington that is acquainted with the
business it will be the more necessary to have a very carefull person
to attend her delivery, that all kind of pecu[la]tion may be prevented,
and the business conducted with the greatest propriety.

If a Guard is wanted, may not Capt. Smith be applied to for the purpose.

For the Secret Committee,
Richard Henry Lee

P.S. There are on board three trunks and some loaves of Sugar belonging to
the House of Willing & Morris, be so kind as have them taken
particular care of. R.H. Lee

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan.
written and signed by Richard Henry Lee.