<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0554

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Secret Committee
Recipient: Caesar Rodney

Sir

You will doubtless have heard of the heavy loss the Public as well as
individuals are likely to meet with by the Ship Success, Capt Anderson,
being drove onshoar & blown up, near Cape Henlopen but as we are
informed a considerable quantity of Goods are on the Beach & like
to be saved, We have hopes of lightening the loss & with this View
we send down the bearer Mr. Purdie,1
who will deliver you this letter and then proceed on his way for Lewis
Town. We Request the favour of you to hire immediately a dozen to
Twenty Waggons (if you have lately heard from the Beach & by your
Accounts can judge what number may be necessary proportion them
accordingly) and send them down as quick as possible attended by a
Carefull Sober officer of Your Militia & such a Number of Men as
you shall deem a good & sufficient guard to bring them & their
Loading safe back. Mr. will prepare every thing against they get down
and we hope very little time will be lost. We have given him One
Thousand Dollars to defray Charges but as it is impossible to judge how
much may be wanted, if this Sum is not sufficient we beg you will
supply him with more & we will pay his drafts or repay you as you
please.

It is our design that the Goods saved shall come no further than Dover
untill we know the quantity & quality saved or find some other
cause to give fresh orders, therefore We request you to provide a
proper, dry & safe place to deposite them in, at Dover when they
come up there. Well knowing your Zeal to serve your Country We suppose
any apology for giving you this trouble is unnecessary but as it is
possible you may not be in the way when Mr. arrives we think it
necessary in that case to request this service from the Councill of
Safety if such Public Body does now exist, or from some other public
Body or Officer or Officers of Militia at Dover assuring them that the
Service shall meet with every acknowledgment they can wish and that all
Charges & expences will be duely paid. The Waggons you’l agree for
on the best terms you can & the officer & men Composing the
Guard will be on Continental Pay.

We are Dear Sir, your obedt hble servts, For & by order of the Secret
Committee of Congress,

Robt Morris Chair Man

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Written and signed by
Robert Morris. Addressed: “To Brigadier General Caesar Rodney Esqr,
Dover.”

1 Blank in MS here and below. This day Morris reported to the Secret
Committee that he had sent Robert Purdy on this mission and had
written letters to Rodney and Henry Tucker requesting their
assistance. Journal of the Secret Committee, fol. 126, MH-H. Morris’
letter to Tucker has not been found. See also Secret Committee to
Caesar Rodney, April 25 and May 2, 1777.