<br /> Lee Letter: n526

Washington and Lee University

Sender: James Forbes
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir,

I have the pleasure of yours of the 30th Ulto. Inclosed you have the papers
& a Second Essay on Trade & Finance: it is wrote by a Mr.
Webster of this Town and I think contains many observations worthy the
particular attention of the several
Legislatures.1 No accounts from the
southward since my last, every day expected and to hear of the French
Fleet being off N York – a very large Embarcation was taking place there
said to be for the Southward Commanded by Lord Cornwalles but now
expected to be stopt. The bad effects of the Committees in this Town
has been experienced yesterday by a very daring & violent
Insurrection & Mob, in which several Persons were Killed &
wounded before they were quelled, many are made Prisoners, this morning
they are collecting at Germantown and there is no judging how this
unhappy affair may end. The amazing rise of every article in this place
is truly allarming, Flour at £60 Per Ct, Rum £20 Per Gall

Adieu & be asshured that I ever am, My Dear Sir, Yours Sincerely,

James Forbes

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Lee, Horsey, and Carroll Papers deposit (1985), Maryland
Historical Society.

1 Pelatiah Webster’s Second Essay on Free Trade and Finance (Philadelphia:
Thomas Bradford, 1779). See Evans, Am. Bibliography, no. 16,671.