<br /> Lee Letter: n613

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Daniel Carroll
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir,

We have nothing further of D’Estaigns success. It is probable the sudden
departure of the French Ships from our Bay will disconcert the
operations agt Arnold – abt 1500 Men, (21 Compys. from so many Regts of
the main army) pass’d by this place last Thursday in their way to
Virginia. The Marquis de la Fayette who has the Command of them is I
hope by this time with you.

The French ships which were in our Bay arivd at New Port the 24th Ulo – they
took ten prizes, two of them of considerable force, on their return the
Romulus of 44 Guns peirc’d for 50 fell into their hands – they took in
all 500 prisoners. The America a British 64 Gunship, which was Oblig’d
by the Storm to put to Sea, from Gardiners bay is returnd to that port.

As I know how uncertain Your intelligence from Virga is, I send you the
enclosd1

I am with great esteem Yr. Excellencys Mo Obt Ser,

Danl. Carroll

Notes:

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

1 Not found, but probably a copy of Thomas Jefferson’s February 26 letter
to Congress, for which see Samuel Huntington to Washington, March 5,
1781, note 1.