<br /> Lee Letter: n579

Washington and Lee University

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

Dear Sir,

I have been confined to my room almost a week and a great part of the time
to my bed. As soon as I can travel with safety I shall set out for
Maryland.1

Congress have it not in their power to do much service at present having
neither Credit or Money, in such a distressed situation, who could wish
to be of that body?

I do not know what is to be done with Gates. Our Brave Officers &
Troops are prevented from receiving that Tribute which is justly due to
their Merit, because it can not be done through him, and to do it
through another channel would be condemning Gates it is said unheard.
As General Smallwood is a Majr General I think the Command ought to be
given to him. The Commander in chief probably has, or soon will appoint
a Successor, for I take it for Granted that Gates will undergo a Court
of enquiry as to his precipitate flight.

We have not heard from Genl Washington for several days. What has been done
with Andre is not known; whether he is to be executed as a Spy, or
pardoned on discovery of accomplices, is yet uncertain. We have reason
to believe that the Spaniards have Sailed from the Havannah with
upwards of 20 Sail of the Line & 20 thousand Troops for Pennsacola
& Augustine. But not a word from the French Fleet I am apprehensive
they have quitted these Seas. With my respectful [. . .],

I am, Dear
Sir, Your affectionate friend,

Daniel of St Thos. Jenifer

Notes:

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

1 Jenifer’s illness prevented him from leaving Philadelphia for another week,
for which see John Hanson to Lee, October 9, 1780, note 3. For
Jenifer’s involvement in an effort to alter John Jay’s instructions
regarding the free navigation of the Mississippi River a few days
later, see James Madison’s Notes on Marbois’ “Observations,” October
6 – c.16 1780, note 2.