<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0362

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Secret Committee
Recipient: Robert Morris

Sir

We take the opportunity of a Waggon going to Camp with money, to send to
your care one hundred and twenty thousand dollars which Congress
ordered for the Secret Committee to answer the purchases of woolens
&c made for the Army by Messrs. Turnbull & Livingston. But
since this conveyance stops at the Camp, we think some safe and speedy
method should be fallen upon to convey this money to Messrs. Turnbull
& Livingston, which we pray you to
undertake.1 As a Clothier General is
now appointed, it appears to us that the end of their Agency is
superceeded, and that they should be so informed, and desired to make
up their accounts and settle them with this Committee immediately,
after delivering to the Clothier General or his order all the goods
purchased for the army and taking his or their receipts for the same as
vouchers for this Committee.2 If you
approve this, be pleased to give such information & directions to
the above Gentlemen. We are getting the Caroline (a ship of 600
hogsheads) ready with all expedition, and propose ordering her to Mr.
Stephen Stewart to load, because he says that about 400 hogsheads of
his purchase are not of quality to venture being kept. The Brig we
purchased will be ordered to Messrs. Hunters, and we think of directing
a small Ship to Rappahannock that we are agreeing for with Mr. Dugan
which lays now at Dartmouth, and which we have proposed to charter on
terms reasonable enough for the
Continent.3 We think it wise to inlarge
our purchase of tobo. before the rage of excessive demand contaminates
Virginia as it has done this and the Northern States. With this view we
have desired Mr. Thomas Jett a Merchant of established reputation at
Leeds Town in the Northern Neck to purchase one thousand hogsheads on
the most reasonable terms he possible can.

We are with esteem and regard, Sir your most obedient and very humble
servants,

Richard Henry Lee
Wm. Whipple
Fras. Lewis

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, New York State Library, Albany. Written by Lee and signed
by Lee, Lewis, and Whipple.

1 This letter was undoubtedly written to Robert Morris in his capacity as
chairman of the Secret Committee. The money, which had been advanced
to the committee on February 15, was sent from Philadelphia by
express on March 6. See JCC, 7:126; and Summary of Secret Committee
Proceedings, March 6, 1777.

2 On January 10 Washington had appointed James Mease as clothier general of
the Continental Army. Washington, Writings (Fitzpatrick), 6:492.
Regarding the settlement of accounts with the Secret Committee, see
JCC, 7:220378211;21.

3 See Secret Committee to the Massachusetts Council, March 27, 1777.