<br /> Lee Letter: n536

Washington and Lee University

Sender: James Forbes
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee1

My Dear sir,

I have the pleasure of yours of the 19th Currt. The Inclosed papers gives
you all our publick news. Our Army are moving into Winter Quarters, no
accounts from N York that are to be depended on, respecting the
movements of the Enemy.

Congress have recommended to the States a limitation of prices not to
exceed twenty for one, to what they were in 1774, should this & the
raising Taxes be complyd with a stop may be put to the amazing
Depreciation of our money. I hope shall soon have the pleasure of
seeing you, as I flatter my self some of our new Delegates will soon
appear in Congress.

I ever am with perfect Esteam & regard, your affe Friend &

James Forbes2


Receiver’s copy, Emmet Collection, New York Public Library.

1 Probably Thomas Sim Lee, with whom Forbes corresponded regularly in similar
terms. In this letter Forbes also expressed his expectation of being
left off the slate of Maryland delegates that were soon to be
elected, and in his December 30 letter to Lee he reported his great
disappointment that he was included in the new delegation elected
December 22.

2 This day also the following brief letter was written by Pennsylvania
delegate Frederick A. Muhlenberg to the Board of War.

“There is a certain Captn. Brightman now a Prisoner in the new Jail, who
was taken on his Passage from the West Indies to New York in an
unarmed Vessel. I should be extreamly happy if Your Honourable Board
would admit him on his Parole, & I will be answerable for his
good Behaviour & strict Adherence to it.” Society Collection,
PHi. The object of Muhlenberg’s solicitation may have been James
Brightman, captain of the William, who had been captured by a
Pennsylvania privateer and was lodged at a Mr. “Boyles” in January
1780. See Pa. Archives, 1st ser. 8:93.