<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0250

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert Morris
Recipient: Committee of Secret Correspondence


In complyance with your letter of the 3d Inst I dispatched that express to
Boston with the Sundry letters for France Marked No. 1 and with them I
sent the News Papers down to the day the Express set out. The Packets
No. 2 I detained here & shall send them by the first Vessell. My
reason for doing this was because I think they will leave this long
before the others can get to Boston.

A Ship is just arrived from Nantes with Salt, the latest letters by her are
dated the 16 Novr., at least those are the latest I have seen or heard
of, there is none from Mr Deane, and Doctr Franklin cou’d not possibly
be arrived at that date. The Sloop Independance is nearly loaden. I
thought of sending her for Nantes but reflecting that Supplys must
certainly have been sent out to Martinico I begin to think it may
Answer better to Send her thither as she will sooner be back. Of this I
will Consider & Act for the best, but if in the mean time I receive
any orders they shall be punctually obeyed. You had best send up
dispatches to go by her both for Mr Bingham & for Paris. By a Brigt
from Martinico Mr Bingham sent the enclosed papers but no letter for
the Committee. The

Captn of the Brigt a French Man told me that in Consequence of the Admiral
at Jam[aic]a refusing to deliver up some French Vessells they had
seized, the Genl at Martinico sent out a Frigate which took an English
Brigt of 14 Guns & brought her in, but before I give entire Credit
to this I must see it under Mr Binghams
hand.1 Mr Bradford of Boston writes me
that a Gentn there has recd. Answers to letters he wrote by our Packet
the Success, Capt Cleveland, in which Mr Merkle went passenger so that
Vessell must be arrived.

I am very respectfully, Gentn, Your Obedt

Robt Morris


Receiver’s copy, Papers of Continental Congress, item 137, U.S. National
Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

1 This is probably an exaggerated account of the seizure and condemnation of
the French brigantine Le Guillaume. In reply to strong French
protests, British Admiral James Young replied that he could not order
the return of the vessel, but he subsequently issued orders and
public notices prohibiting the cruising of English privateers without
royal commissions. see Morgan, Naval Documents, 7:1088 – 92, 1138 – 41,
1182 – 84, and 1270 – 71.