<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0082

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Secret Committee
Recipient: the Commissioners at Paris

Honorable Gentlemen

I have the honor to enclose herein a Copy of two Resolves of Congress
passed the 19th & 29th Novr by which the Secret Committee are
directed to import two hundred & twenty Six Brass Canon & arms
and equipage compleat for three thousand
Horse,1 you’l observe they are also
directed to Confer with the Canon Committee as to how many they can
provide here of the Field pieces, but we pay little regard to that
part, well knowing they will not be able to procure proper metal for
many of them.

Therefore I must request in the Name and on behalf of the Secret Committee
that you will Contract immediately for these necessary supplys &
send them out to these States by various conveyances as quick as
possible. Indeed I hope you may procure some line of Battle Ships to
come out with them & then there will be little danger of their
coming safe. I most sincerely hope the Court of France may be disposed
to favour all our Views, that they will accomodate you with sufficient
loans to pay for these & all other Stores we want from Europe for
altho we have plenty of Valueable produce that wou’d soon provide you
with ample Funds if we cou’d get it exported safely, yet the
difficultys & impediments we meet with render it impossible to get
it away half fast enough. Nothing in our power shall be left undone
& Mr Thos. Morris will be ordered to supply ,you with Money fast as
he receives it from the net proceeds of our
Consignments.2

I have the honor to be,
with great esteem & regard, Honorable Gentlemen, Your most Obedt
Servant,
Robt Morris, Chair Man of the Secret Committee

P.S. These resolves wou’d have been sent long since but our port has been
long blocked up by British Men of War & the Confusion we were put
in on the rapid March through the Jersey & near approach to this
City by the Enemy, put it totally out of our power to forward any
dispatches for some time past.

RM

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Notes:

Receiver’s copy, American Philosophical Society. Written and signed by
Robert Morris.

1 See JCC, 6: 963, 992.

2 As chairman of the Secret Committee, Robert Morris this day wrote the
following to his brother Thomas: “We have this day transmitted an
order to the Honorable Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane a Arthur Lee
Esquires to contract for 266 Rrass Feild Pieces, and Arms &
Equipage for Three Thousand Horse. We request you will give every aid
and assistance in your power towards the expeditious execution of
this order in every respect either as to the purchase or
transportation of them, and as funds come into your hands from the
Neat proceeds of our Consignments, you are to Supply them with the
Money to pay for these and other Stores they are or may be ordered to
Supply Franklin Papers, PPAmP.