<br /> Lee Letter: n534

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Committee of Congress
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir

When Count de Estaing, Some time past, was hourly Expected from the
Southward in want of provisions, our Magazines being then low, and the
Commissary of purchases unable At Once to furnish the Supply that would
be probably wanted for our own Army and the Count, Mr Holkers Agents,
in Concurrence with the Governor of Maryland took Measures to procure
8,000 Barrels of flour in your State of which the Commttee of Congress
was informed & did approve as being necessary at that time, but
being Since told that there is great reason to Suspect that Certain
persons being actually or pretendedly Agents for Mr Holker have Made
large purchases of flour beyond the quantity aforesd and by creating a
Competition & outbiding our Commissaries, have greatly inhanced the
price of flour, and retarded those Supplies which are necessary for the
Subsistance of our Army, we request your Excellency’s attention to this
affair, and that proper enquiry be made and that all the flour
purchased by any person whatever except the Complement of Eight
thousand barrels aforesd. & of 4,000 before in Mr Smiths hands for
Mr. Holker be turned over to the Commissary Genl. of purchases, as the
only Channel through which Supplies for our army & our allys can in
futur be regularly obtained and delivrd that hereafter no purchases of
flour on publc account be allowed in your State but by the Commissary
General & his Deputies and we refer you to Col. Blain for more
particular Information on this head.

Per order of the Comttee of Congress on the Comsy. & Qur Mstr Generals
departments,

your Excellencys most obedt humble Servant,

Jesse Root Chairman

P.S. The flour purchased to Carry to Virginia agreable to the resolve of
Congress for that purpose, is not to be affected by any thing in the
above letter.

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Executive Papers, Maryland Hall of Records Commission,
Annapolis. Written and signed by Root. Addressed: “His Excellency The
Governor of Maryland. Favd per Col. Blain.” Thomas Sim Lee had just
been elected on November 8 to succeed Gov. Thomas Johnson. Md.
Archives, 43:10.