<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0374

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Secret Committee
Recipient: Robert and Samuel Purviance, Jr.

Gentlemen,

We are informed that you have in your hands Nineteen hundred and eight
pounds, eight shillings & six pence this currency by a Captain
Bailey as the property of Monsr. Le Croix of the Island of
Hispaniola – And as it appears that the said Bailey & Monsr. Le Croix
have combined together to defraud the United States of a Cargo of Flour
which said Bailey was directed to deliver at another place, in
consequence of which, a Brig loaded here and now in this harbor,
claimed by said Le Croix hath been detained by the Secret Committee
under order of Congress.1 The Committee
willing to interrupt foreign Commerce as little as possible but at the
same time obliged to secure the public from injury have directed said
Vessel & Cargo to be released, taking care to secure for the
Continent the above sum of 1908 pounds, 8/6 this Currency in your
hands.

You are therefore desired to retain in your hands, and apply to the use of
the Secret Committee that money so left with you by Capt. Bailey, and
for so doing we warrant you in the name of the Congress of the United
States of America.

Richard Henry Lee
Wm Whipple
Fras Lewis

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Rowan College of New Jersey. Written by Lee and signed by
Lee, Lewis, and Whipple.

1 For additional details of this affair, see JCC, 7: 66 – 67.