<br /> Lee Letter: n538

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Maryland Delegates
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir,

We received the inclosed from Major Lee the other Day, & beg Leave to
forward it for the Consideration of your Excellency & the
Council – being well assured that you will do all in your Power to
relieve the Necessities of those valuable Men who are in Majr Lee’s
Corps. We have applied to the Board of War, & find nothing can be
done here.1 On the 23d inst an Embarkation
took Place at New York, & from the Number of Vessels (one hundred
sixty ships) we apprehend it to be very considerable – their Destination
not certainly known, but from Circumstances we fear they are intended,
in Part or the whole, to reinforce their Troops in the southern
Quarter.

We are with the highest Sentiments of Respect, Yr. Excellency’s most
obt. hble. Servts.

Geo. Plater
James Forbes

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Maryland State Papers (Red Books), Maryland Hall of
Records Commission, Annapolis. Written by Plater and signed by Plater
and Forbes.

1 Gen. William Smallwood, the ranking Maryland officer, had denied Maj. Henry
Lee’s request for money and clothing for the Maryland officers
incorporated into his Virginia partisan corps. Lee considered the
decision “very injurious, especially when a late resolution of
Congress declares the additional battalions to be on the same
footing, as the troops from the State or States, to which they may
respectively belong.” The letters of Smallwood and Lee, dated
December 21 and 23 respectively, are in the Red Books, MdAA. For
Congress’ resolution of July 1, 1779, giving the officers of the
additional and state battalions equal preference, See JCC, 14:790. In
an undated letter of late December or early January, Lee appealed to
the Maryland delegates to hasten aid for the Maryland officers
because “the season of the year is rigerous, the gentlemen destitute
of cloathing & their brother officers from Virginia comfortably
supplied.” On May 24, 1780, the Maryland Council ordered that
allowances be paid to captains George Handy and John and Michael
Rudolph of “Major Lees Corps.” See Md. Archives, 43:180, 399. See
also Maryland Delegates to Thomas Sim Lee, January 5, 1780.

In his letter of December 23 to the Maryland delegates, Major Lee also
requested that Congress permit Capt. Allen McLane, of Delaware, “to
draw the full allowance due the Maryland gentlemen.” McLane’s company
of infantry had been incorporated into Lee’s corps the previous July,
for which see Delaware Delegates to McLane, July 5, 1779.