<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0588

Washington and Lee University

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


Your favours of the 12th & 15th Inst. came duely to hand the first
advising your purchase of flour & enclosing Inventories of the Two
Prize Vessells. We think the flour was bought very reasonably &
mentioned it in Congress as proper to be delivered to the Commissary at
Baltimore for the use of the army which was agreed to & he must
settle with you for it. We entered into the consideration of purchasing
the Prize Vessells immediately – for several reasons that need not be
repeated, thought it best at present to decline a purchase. However we
shall be glad to know who buys them & the prices they sell for, as
it may probably suit to charter shou’d the purchasers want Freight. We
have seen the owner of the Brimstone here & he has our offer under
consideration. Respecting the Cloathing, you have purchased or have in
view to purchase we refer you entirely to the Cloathier General James
Mease Esqr. whose department it is to manage those affairs. It wou’d
give us pleasure to hear that the Virginia, Capt Nicholson, was Sailed
& your Bay clear of the Enemies Ships, there are several of them at
Cape Henlopen where they have done much mischief.

We are Gentn., Your
obedt hble Servts. By order of the Secret Commee.

Robt Morris,1 Chair Man


Transcription, Library of Congress. Copied by Edmund C. Burnett from the
“Collection of George C. Thomas Esq.”

1 This day Morris also wrote the following note to his business associate
Jonathan Hudson. “You will find herein a few lines to Mr. John
Dorsius, Merchant at Charles Town South Carolina who transacts our
business at that place & is a Worthy Man.” NBuHi.