<br /> Lee Letter: n553

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Samuel Huntington
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir

I am directed to acquaint you that there being but one Delegate from
Maryland attending at Congress that State is not represented.

That Matters of great Importance are now lying before Congress, which
require the United Councils, and vigorous Exertions of all the States;
and it earnestly requested that Maryland may be represented in Congress
as soon as possible.1

With great respect
& Esteem, I have the honor to be, your Excellency’s hbble servt,

Sam Huntington President

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Maryland State Papers (Red Books), Maryland Hall of
Records Commission, Annapolis. In a clerical hand and signed by
Huntington.

1 For Congress’ May 17 resolve directing Huntington to urge Maryland and
Delaware to send a representation to Congress, see JCC, 17:435.
Huntington also wrote an identical letter this day to Delaware
president Caesar Rodney. Although several matters of importance were
before Congress, this resolve was undoubtedly adopted at the request
of New York, which had long been pressing for a congressional
decision on the Vermont issue. See New York Delegates to George
Clinton, May 21, 1780.

For Governor Lee’s May 26 letter to John Hanson and John Henry urging “an
immediate Compliance” with Congress’ request, see Md. Archives, 43:
182 – 83. The two Maryland delegates took their seats in Congress on June
14 and 23 respectively.