<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0083

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Secret Committee
Recipient: Robert Morris

Agreed that Thomas Morris and William Lee, Esquires be joint Agents for
superintending and directing all the Commercial business of Congress in
Europe, and that they be allowed one thousand pounds sterling annually
each of them, over and above the contingent expences of commission to
their Factors in different places, travelling expences, hire of
Expresses and dispatches of all kinds, postage of letters, Clerks, and
all other extra expences.

Sir, Baltimore 14th January 1777 Above you have our opinion touching our
commercial agents in Europe and their allowance. If it meets your
approbation, be pleased to prepare and sign such a letter for them
jointly or seperately, as you think will answer and send either for us
to sign and forward.

We expect a vessel of war will be sent from hence, directly upon our
receiving further accounts from the Jersies, as well to carry the state
of things there, as other dispatches. It will be a fine opportunity of
sending the above letter, or any dispatches you may have for France.
The draft in favor of Messrs. Lux & Bowley is completed, and we
shall endeavour to be in readiness for Mr. D.
Stewart.1 It gives us great pleasure to
learn that your attention will be much turned to the business of our
department, well knowing that nothing is of greater importance than the
punctuality of our remittances. Can you send the late Cargo from
Georgia away? or will you have go from hence in the ship of war above
mentioned. Indigo, if it cannot conveniently be exported from Delaware,
may bear the expence of being sent hither for exportation.

We expect soon to hear the determination concerning the Friendship,

remain with esteem, Sir, Your most obedient and very Humble servants,

Richard Henry Lee
Francis Lewis
Wm. Whipple

P.S. A Waggon now going to Philadelphia with goods Mr. Snowden, will be
returning empty, perhaps the Indigo may be cheaply sent that way.


Transcription, New York Public Library.

1 See Secret Committee summary of Proceedings, March 6, 1777; and Robert
Morris to John Hancock, January 6, 1777.