<br /> Lee Letter: n554

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir.

This day the President of Congress received a Letter from Governor Nash,
enclosing a Copy of one that he had received from Governor Rutledge;
Copys of both I have transmitted to you.1
From Mr. Rutledge’s information, and from a handbill published by
Rivington, I fear Charles Town has fallen, & the Troops made
Prisoners of War. This will be a severe blow to us if true & there
is but a bare possability to lope It Is not so.

I need not have Posted to Phila. in the haste I did, As the business
relating to Vermont was the occasion of the Summons. The New York
Delegates are impatient to subdue the people setled on the New

Hampshire Grants, & who claim a Jurisdiction of their
own;2 but I hope and trust, that Congress
have more wisdom than to take final Order in this business, before our
independence is established; We have business enough on our hands
without carving out more at this time.

I expect to hear from your Excellency by the next Post. The information
that I may then receive, will determine me as to the time of my setting
out from this place. The State is still unrepresented so that Maryland
is without a Vote in Congress.3

Congress has not been as yet informed of Mr Jays
reception,4 tho’ there is no reason to doubt
but he will be received as Minister of the United States at the Court
of Madrid. Mr. Carmichael was at that place settling the form of Mr
Jays reception.

I expect that the French Troops will be off our Cape in all this Month; but
how come Green to Publish in the Maryland Gazette the particulars of
the information that was transmitted to you & the Council.
5 This publication has been thought to be
imprudent as the Enemy may have received information from it. With the
greatest esteem & respect,

I am, Dear Sir, your most Obedient
Servt.

Daniel of S Thos Jenifer

P.S. June 6. The Spaniards have taken Mobile & made the Garrison,
consisting of 800, Prisoners of War.6 Mr.
Dickinson is not in Phila.

Notes:

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

1 See the preceding entry, note 2.

2 See the following entry.

3 Since the assembly required that two or more delegates represent the state,
Maryland had been “without a Vote in congress” since the death of
James Forbes on March 25, even though George Plater remained in
Philadelphia and was generally in attendance through May 19. Jenifer
presented his credentials from a special election on June 2, but
remained in Philadelphia little more than a week. The state was
without a vote for over three months, therefore, until the arrival of
John Hanson and John Henry on June 14 and 23 respectively. See JCC,
17:440 – 41, 481, 484, 509, 551; and Joseph Jones to James Hunter, June
10, 1780, note.

4 For receipt of the first communications from John Jay, see Samuel
Huntington to Jay, July 12, 1780.

5 The ?information” published in the May 26 issue of the Maryland Gazette was
Congress’ May 19 circular letter concerning the French naval and land
forces destined for America.

6 See William C. Houston’s third letter to William Livingston, this date.