<br /> Lee Letter: n607

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Daniel Carroll
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear sr.,

I did myself the honor of sending a few lines by Col Forrest, who left this
place on Sunday morning. Capt. Paul Jones arivd in this City on
Saturday night from L’Orient which he left about the Middle of Decr. We
are cruelly disapointed in not receiving any Cloaths or Arms by him. A
Vessel with cloaths, which saild with him, when he was oblig’d by a
Storm to return to Port, Capt Jones says, was taken, & carried into
England. The arms he had on board were damag’d, & Landed, &
coud not be put in order against his departure. He has not brought any
public Stores that I hear of, excepting abt 400 Barrells of powder,
& some lead. Cloathing for ten thousand men ready made up, besides
a considerable quantity of Cloth &c & the arms remaind in
France for other opportunitys.

On the first day of my appearing in Congress, I deliverd the Act empowering
the Deligates of Maryland to Subscribe the Articles of Confederation
&c.! It was read, & enterd on the Journals. The presence of
another Delegate is only wanting to compleat this important business; I
find the hopes, & expectations of Congress very sanguine on this
event.1 A Letter receivd by Col. Moylan from
his Brother at the 10th Dec. from L’Orient, gives every reason to
believe, as far as a Merchants authority will go, that a considerable
assistance by Ships, & men may be lookd for Soon from France.

Please to present my Comps to Mrs Lee. I am, with great esteem, Your
Excellency’s Most Obt Servt.

Danl Carroll2


Receiver’s copy, Maryland State Papers (Red Books), Maryland Hall of
Records Commission, Annapolis.

1 Carroll had taken his seat and “deliverd the Act” to Congress on February
12; “another Delegate,” John Hanson, attended on the 22nd. JCC,
19:138 – 40, 185. For the final ratification of the Articles of
Confederation, see Thomas Rodney’s Diary, March 1; and Samuel
Huntington to the States, March 2, 1781.

2 This day Carroll also wrote the following letter to unidentified
correspondents, but probably James Brice, John Hoskins Stone and
Samuel Turbutt Wright, for whom see Carroll to Lee, February 13,
1781, note 4. “Gentlemen. I enclose three packets; by next post I
will arra[n]ge that business agreable to yr desire. Many happy years
to Col. Stone & his Lady, & wish my other two friends woud
give me an opportunity of Saluting them in the Same manner Soon. I
beg leave to refer you to mine to his Excellency. Maj. Wright will
hear from me by next post abt his Business.” Lloyd W. Smith
Collection, NjMoHP.