<br /> Lee Letter: n577

Washington and Lee University

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

Dear Sir

Tuesday half past 11 o’Clock

I thank you for your favor of the 22d1 wch. was
this moment handed to me by the Prest. of Congress and as the Post will
leave this at 12 o’Clock I cannot give you that general
information which I wish & you desire.

I fear Gates was premature, it was from his information that I gave you the
intelligence respecting the Maryland Line. For two or three days
repeated Accounts by private Intelligence has been reced of the Arrival
of 19 Sail of the Count de Guechens Fleet at Rhode Island but as
Congress has received no Official information I fear, its News
fabricated by Speculators. I am under the greatest apprehension for the
French at that place.

The Delegates from the Eastern States say that the meeting of the Congress
or Convention is for the purpose of falling upon ways & means to
provide for the Army. I suspect something more – a little time will
discover their design. Some late Moves by Virg. seconded by New
York – has alarmed some Members of the Eastern States – And I hope will
produce good Effects as it will probably attach them more to the
Maryland claim than formerly.2 I am glad to
hear the Mercht. at Baltimore take our Money at 40 for one as it will
soon in consequence thereof pass here indeed it is at least 50 Per Ct.
better than Continental. As my Collegues Seem well satisfied with
remaining here and as I am convinced I can be of little Service I shall
soon take my final leave of Congress & return to
Maryland.3

Present me to Mrs. Lee & believe me truly, Your Excellencys
affectt friend,

Daniel of St. Thos Jenifer

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Hampton L. Carson Collection, Free Library of
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.

1 For the September 22 letter from Lee and the Maryland Council concerning
the lack of clothing for Maryland troops, see Md Archives,
43:299 – 300. See also Maryland Delegates to Lee, this date.

2 Jenifer may be referring to the Virginia proposal, which was debated on
September 18, to secure reimbursement for maintaining civil
government in the western territory, for which see James Madison to
Joseph Jones, September 19, 1780.

3 Although Jenifer cast his last vote of this congressional term this day, he
remained in Philadelphia until October 9 because of illness and
apparently out of a determination to influence the drafting of new
instructions for John Jay concerning the free navigation of the
Mississippi River. See JCC, 18:867; Jenifer to Lee, October 2, James
Madison’s Notes on Marbois’ “Observations,” October 6 – c.16, note 2;
and John Hanson to Lee, October 9, 1780, note 3.