<br /> Lee Letter: n624

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Daniel Carroll
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Dear Sr.

I return you many thanks for yr favor of the 13th Instant & feel for
the distresses of those whose Situation puts them so much in the power
of a savage Enemy. God grant something soon to relieve them. I expect
the Enemy will make a Stroke at most of the warehouses soon; Surely
every thing liable to be destroyd or taken will be removd from the
Shores. A temporary inconvenience cannot be put in competition with the
evills which must otherwise result. My Compts. To Col. Brice. I receivd
his letter for Mr Peale last night, & my Servt shall carry it
immediately to him.

Mr A Buchanan is just from N York. He says there is the appearance of a
very considerable embarkation there. They give out that Genl Clinton is
to sail with 4000 Men for Chesapeake. Genl Washington in a Letter to
Congress of the 12th1 says he had not
receivd any information on the Subject more than what he had from
Congress – & is inclind to think Clinton wod not embark a force so
considerable as to induce him to take the Command without risking the
loss of N York.

The president has a letter from Genl Green the 30th Ulo. from Ramsays Mill
abt halfway between Guilford & Cross
Creeks.2 He had left his Baggage & made
a precipitate march to strike Cornwallis, who retreated in so great a
hurry that he left his dead of their wounds & fatigue unburried; he
is retreating to Cross Creek & Wilmington. The war is therefore
over in those parts for some little time. If the Supplies sent by the
Board of war abt 20 days past reach our Men they will receive some
Comfort. I will next post send a list of what were forwarded. I do not
Know whether there is more danger of their falling into the Enemies
hands, or of our friends who have applied Some that were sent before to
the use of the Militia.

My Compts. to Mr. Harwood, I request the favor of him to send me by the
next post the Amount of the Cont money receivd under our law, & the
4/10ths in treasury belonging to Congress. It is of importance I shoud
be informd on this Subject.

I am much obligd to you for your attention abt a Supply of money for me. I
am realy at present in a very disagreable Situation. I cannot touch a
farthing from the Conl Treasury here. If I am not supplied very shortly
I shall be under the disagreable necessity of returning, & even for
that must try my own Credit.

I observe what you say abt the Wine. A quarter cask went of[f] a few days
past in a waggon of Col Harrisons to be left at Mr Archy Buchanans – it
was put in a Case.

Present my Compts to all friends, & am, Dear Sr., Yrs. Sincerely & Affectionately

Danl Carroll

I am alone. The distresses of Mr Hansons family has obligd him to
return home.

Notes:

Receiver’s copy, Lee, Horsey, and Carroll Papers deposit (1985), Maryland
Historical Society.

1 For Washington’s letter of April 12, which was read in Congress on the
16th, see JCC, 19:396; and Washington, Writings (Fitzpatrick),
21:448 – 49.

2 Nathanael Greene’s March 30 letter, which was read in Congress this day
(JCC, 19:398; PCC, item 155, 2:17 – 21), also stimulated the following
brief letter of this date from William C. Houston to William
Livingston.

“This Morning brought us a Letter from General Greene. It is dated 30 ult
from Col. Ramsey’s on Deep-River about 45 Miles N.W. of Cross-Creek.
Lord Cornwallis was still retiring towards that Place in no small
Distress and Genl Greene following in Distress full as great. It
appears from Circumstances that his Lordship feels very deeply the
Consequences of the Action of the 15 ult near Guildford Court-house.
Had Genl Greene an efficient Force, Supplies and Money, he would ruin
him effectually, but he cannot act with Vigour for Want of these
Essentials. I do not imagine any Action will happen in that Quarter
for some Time. Lord Cornwallis can establish himself at Cross-Creek,
and if he should ever fail in this he can at Wilmington about 80
Miles further S.E. I am afraid the next News will be that Genl Greene
is either retreating before the Enemy or retiring for Want of
Supplies.” William Livingston Papers, NN.