<br /> Lee Letter: n623

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Maryland Delegates
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sir,

There are in this City about 4000 Rampart pieces belonging to the
public – they weigh from 16 to 20 lbs each – it is thought the lightest
might be useful in the hands of the Militia, and the others on board of
Vessels. If you think it proper we shou’d apply for any of them, on
account of the State, we think it is probable a thousand or 1500 might
be obtaind, with some old cartouch boxes belonging to them. There are
likewise some Brass Field pieces mounted, three or four of which might
possibly be obtained on yr. request.1

We are, Sir, with great respect, Yr. Mo. Obt Servts.

John Hanson
Daniel Carroll

Dr. Sir, Col. Forrest left directions with Mr. Gaddiss & Mr. Wilkinson
about the paper, & a memorandum about the types for the small money
with me – but the directions were not particular enough as to the
latter, & all the paper was not to be engagd until further
orders.2 Please to let me Know what is to be
done, & no time shall be lost.

I am Yr Excellencys Mo Ob Serv,

Danl Carroll


Receiver’s copy, Maryland State Papers (Red Books), Maryland Hall of
Records Commission, Annapolis. Written by Carroll and signed by
Carroll and Hanson.

1 On April 14 the Maryland governor and council authorized the delegates to
apply for 750 “of the best” rampart pieces and cartridge boxes as
well as the four brass field pieces “for they are much wanted.” See
Md. Archives, 45:399. See also Carroll to Lee, April 24, 1781.

2 On April 6 the governor and council had informed the delegates that prices
in Maryland had risen considerably “for want of small change” and
asked when “the Plates for the small Denominations of our State
Money, and the paper for printing them . . . may be expected.” Md.
Archives, 45:379. It is not known what “further orders” the delegates
may have received in response to this letter.