<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0130

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Board of War
Recipient: Executive Committee

Gentlemen,

Your Letter to the President of the Congress with the Inclosures came to
hand at a time when Congress was adjourn’d for two days, and the
President being ill of the Gout, the Board of War have taken that part
of the Letter into Consideration which relates to the removal of the
Continental Stores from Philadelphia.1
Such a Step the Board conceives wou’d be attended with consequences
very injurious to the American Cause, as it wou’d probably throw the
people into a panick, and if it shou’d afterwards appear to have been
premature might render us contemptible in the Eyes of our Enemies. By
your Letter it appears that you have been inform’d, General Putnam has
with him at Princetown a Body of Men not less than 6000, and that there
are in Philadelphia three thousand. Upon this Representation, it is the
opinion of the Board that it will not be prudent for you to remove any
of the Stores, at least, until you shall hear from Congress which will
meet on Monday next.2

Congress have appointed Mr. Thomas Butler Armourer, and he is gone to
settle his Family affairs & will be at Philadelphia in about ten
days.3 You will however get the Arms
repair’d with all possible Dispatch & not detain the Men for want
of them until his arrival with you.

Inclosed is a Resolve of Congress which the Board desire you to have
printed & sent to all the Departments where Militia are employd. We
are Gent. with the greatest respect,

Yr. most obedient, humble
Servants,

Roger Sherman
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Samuel Adams

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Papers of Continental Congress, item 147, U.S. National
Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. In the hand of
Joseph Nourse and signed by Adams, Lee, and Sherman.

1 See Executive Committee to John Hancock, January 22, 1777.

2 On January 28 Congress confirmed the Board of War’s “opinion” on this
subject. JCC, 7:66.

3 See JCC, 7: 55. This day Joseph Nourse, acting in behalf of the Board of
War, wrote a letter of introduction for Butler to the Executive
Committee. PCC, item 147, fol. 45.