<br /> Lee Letter: n519

Washington and Lee University

Sender: James Forbes
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir

Yours of the 16 Currt I have before me. Mr. Gérard has taken his leave
& only waits to see his Successor (who is expected in Town every
day) and then Embarks at Chester on Board the Confederacy for France.
If I can obtaine the particulars you wish to be informed of, respecting
the New Minister, before the post goes off, you shall have it, if not
expect it in my next. Our loss of men at Penobscot is not yet known, no
doubt it will be considerable, and as to Ships it may be said to be
allmost total, as but one escaped most of them were burnt by our own
people, I believe the Eastern people are asshamed of that expedition
which is the reason we have never yet had a particular account.
Inclosed you have a Circular Letter from Congress to the States, which
will fully informe you as to our Emissions
&c.1 This day Congress goes into a
Committe of the whole to consider of ways & means for supplys to
carry on the War, at present they have in view a requissiation on the
States for Taxes & Loans to an amount that I am affraid will not be
complyd with. I was with a very small Minority on this grate question
for stoping the Press, not that I thought the measure rong, but that it
was necessary first, that the State should engage to furnish supplys, I
shall be very happy to find I was mistaken by the several States
furnishing their Quotaes as requested by Congress, which requissian you
may expect next week.

Your Acco’ of the Emigration, from our frontier Counties are very allarming
and the measures pursuing in Virga of disposing of their Lands at this
critical time I think should be put a stop to, but I see no inclination
in Congress at this time to take it up.

I am not disappointed on learning that the Law intended to put a Stop to
Ingrosing &c has not had the wisht for effect. The Committe of this
place I think has don much hurt, and now are resigning their power into
the hands of the Legislature, wheather they will attempt a regulation
is uncertaine. I fear they will take off the Embargoe. I ever am, Dear
sir, Your afft Friend & Servt,

James Forbes


Receiver’s copy, Dreer Collection, Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

1 See John Jay to the States, 14 September 1779, note 3.