<br /> Lee Letter: n608

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Daniel Carroll
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear sir,

Your favor by Col. Livingston, with 2 packets, came to hand this morning. I
shall endeavour to execute your orders in a few days. We are under a
considerable degree of anxiety about the state of affairs in North
Carolina. The latest intelligence from General Greens army was on the
9th instant, he was then at, or about Guildford Court House – Cornwallis
at Shallow Ford on the Yadkin, distant from our Army 40 Miles & 250
from Charles Town. He had burnt his Waggons, & it was expected woud
cross the Yadkin that day. The prisoners taken by Morgan were out of
danger of being retaken. He had pick’d up abt 100 more since the
action. This movement of Cornwallis is esteemd exceeding rash by the
Southern Gentlemen here, but I believe if he advances, General Green
will be forc’d to evacuate North Carolina, or to engage on very unequal
terms. Colo. Marian has distroyd some of the Enemies Magazines at
Wandaw Landing, & Dorchester, within 20 Miles of Charles Town,
& taken 30 British prisoners besides some officers. I shall add no
more on this Subject, as it is probable before this reaches you, some
important events have been communicated to you from that quarter. The
troops Landed at Cape Fear, consist of a detachment from Charles Town,
& have taken possession of Wilmington, abt 500.

The Confederation will be subscribed (Mr Hanson being here) on next
Thusday, & Congress having postpond it to that day, in order to
announce it properly.1

I am with great esteem, & regard, Your Excellencys Most Obt Sert.

Danl. Carroll

Notes:

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

1 Carroll had presented Maryland’s certified act of ratification on February
12, but had to wait for the arrival of a second delegate, John
Hanson, on the 22nd, when Congress set aside Thursday, March 1, 1781,
“for compleating the Confederation” and assigned a committee of three
to consider “a mode for announcing the same to the public.” See JCC,
19: 138, 185 – 86. For the committee’s report and the ceremonies and
announcements themselves, see ibid., pp. 190 – 93; Thomas Rodney’s
Diary, March 1; and Samuel Huntington to the States, March 2, 1781.