<br /> Lee Letter: n540

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Samuel Huntington
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee
Recipient: Richard Caswell

Sir In Congress

By order of Congress I have the honor of forwarding to you the enclosed
important intelligence which is just come to
hand.1

I am, Sr, Your obedient humble servt.

Sam. Huntington President

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Maryland State Papers (Red Books), Maryland Hall of
Records Commission, Annapolis. In the hand of Charles Thomson and
signed by Huntington. Addressed: “His Excellency Thomas Sim Lee
Esqr., Governor of Maryland.”

Letter book, Governor’s Letterbooks, North Carolina State Department of
Archives and History. Addressed: “Gov. Caswell.”

1 Huntington’s enclosures consisted of copies of two December 27 letters,
from Maj. Henry Lee to James Searle and from Washington to
Huntington, and an extract of Gen. Anthony Wayne’s December 26 letter
to Washington, all on the subject of the sailing of a second British
fleet from Sandy Hook on December 26. Lee’s letter is in PCC, item
78, 14:303 – 4. Washington’s letter and the extract from Wayne’s that
he sent to Huntington are in PCC, item 152, 8:271 – 76; the original of
Wayne’s letter is in the Washington Papers, DLC.

According to the journals, the “order of Congress” (of December 31) for
forwarding the enclosed intelligence directed that it be sent “to the
governors of Maryland and Virginia,” but no mention was made of North
Carolina. JCC, 15:1424. Huntington failed to enclose this
intelligence with his letter to Governor Jefferson of Virginia this
day, but did so with a brief letter to him of January 3, 1780, which
is in the Dreer Signers Collection, PHi.

Huntington apparently sent these enclosures to the chevalier de La Luzerne
also, as his presidential letterbook contains the following letter of
this date to “The French Minister.” “Sir, I do myself the honour to
lay before you the important intelligence contain’d in the inclos’d
papers.” PCC, item 14, fol. 267.