<br /> Lee Letter: n618

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Daniel Carroll
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir,

I did myself the honor of writing to your Excellency a few lines by
express, the 18th Instant,1 & enclosd a
List of the force of the two fleets which lately Saild from New Port
& Gardiners Bay – One of the French Ships mentiond calld the
Fantasque did not Sail, being an old Vessel made a hospital Ship
of – please therefore to correct the list.

The Board of war referd to Congress two Letters from your Excellency on the
Subject of Col Smith, & the 4 Artillery Companies – these papers are
referd to a committee of which I am one.2 I
shall be glad to receive every information in your power on the
Subject – particularly relative to the Artillery Companys. I believe
there are among the Council papers, Some Letters from Genl. Washington,
& returns showing that almost the whole of Harrisons Regt of
artillery was compos’d of Maryland troops. Extracts of what may appear
proper from these letters, & a copy of the returns (which I cannot
get from the board of war) may serve to put that business in a way to
obtain justice. The State appears to have been injurd by the
arrangement, & some of her Officers in consequence of it.

I am Dear Sir, with great esteem, your Excellencys Mo Obt Servt.

Daniel Carroll


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

1 For this letter, which Carroll had misdated March 20, see Carroll to Lee,
March 18, 1781, note 1.

2 For Lee’s “two letters” of February 1 and 12 requesting the rank of
lieutenant colonel for Alexander Lawson Smith and commissions for the
officers of the state’s four artillery companies, see PCC, item 147,
6:267 – 70; and Md. Archives, 45:297 – 98, 308, where Lee’s first letter
is dated February 2. The Board of War’s March 6 report was read in
Congress the following day and referred to a committee of three
chaired by Carroll. The journals contain no further mention of the
committee. See JCC, 19:240 – 41; and PCC, item 147, 6:259 – 63.