<br /> Lee Letter: n340_0619

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Secret Committee
Recipient: Caesar Rodney

Sir,

By a letter lately received from Mr Purdy at Lewis Town we learn that he
has been pretty Successfull in collecting the goods that were Saved
from the Ship Success lately blown up at the Capes; and that he was
waiting for the Waggons which you were so obliging as to promise to
Send down for the purpose of bringing up those
goods.2 We doubt not these waggons are
gone forward and must beg leave to trouble you further with this
business. We request you will inform yourself of the Situation of the
Enemys Ships of war in the Bay, and Should you find that those goods
can be Safely transported by water from your Place or from Rheedy
Island; that you will have them put onboard some Craft at either of the
places, and sent up here as expeditiously as possible. Should this mode
be dangerous, you will please to order the waggons to proceed up to
this city.

We know your Zeal for the publick Interest will excuse the liberty we take
in giving you this trouble, and if at any time we can render you
services in return you may command us freely being Sir with much
respect,

Yr. very hble Servants,

Robt Morris
Richard Henry Lee
Wm. Whipple

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Historical Society of Pennsylvania. In a clerical hand and
signed by Lee, Morris, and Whipple.

1 This letter was not dispatched until several days later, as Morris added
the committee’s 2 May letter to Rodney on the verso.

2 The committee had requested Rodney’s assistance in its 15 April letter to
him.