<br /> Lee Letter: n632

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Maryland Delegates
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir,

We immediately upon receipt of the Letter you honord us with by Mr Croxall,
laid it before Congress, who refered it to a Special Comittee. We have
some reason to believe, the measure proposd cannot be carried into
execution, as a report on an application to send provision to Charles
Town for the prisoners there was rejected. It is therefore probable,
the report will go no further, than that the State may send Tobacco for
the purposes mentiond. The Board of War having wrote to Genl.
Washington to know of Sr. Hy. Clinton whether Tobacco woud be receivd
at Charles Town to be disposd of for the use of the prisoners, his
answer may likewise determine whether it woud be receivd at New York.
We hope to be able to inform you of the determination of Congress by
the post1

& have the Honor to be, with
great esteem, Yr. Excellencys Most Obt Serv,

Dan of St Thos Jenifer
Danl Carroll

P.S. We return to the Treasury by Mr. Croxall, the money which was drawn
for us – as we can make no use of it here.

Notes:

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

1 In their letter of May 10, Lee and the Maryland Council sought Congress’
approval “to send a Quantity of Bread, Provisions and Lumber to
New-York” to discharge the debts of Maryland officers who were held
prisoner there and on Long Island. The bearer, Charles Croxall, would
serve as the state’s agent in New York. The letter was read in
Congress on May 17 and referred to a committee of three. See JCC,
20:515; and PCC, item 70, fols. 465 – 68. For the Council’s May 10
letters to Washington and Croxall, see also Md. Archives, 45:431 – 32.
The May 2 letter from the Board of War to Washington to determine
“whether Tobacco woud be receivd at Charles Town” is in the
Washington Papers, DLC. His May 16 reply is in Washington, Writings
(Fitzpatrick), 22:93. The committee assigned Lee’s letter reported on
May 25, whereupon Congress ordered the Board of War to seek
permission to send tobacco to New York and Charleston “sufficient to
discharge the arrears due from the American prisoners.” JCC, 20:534.
See also Maryland Delegates to Lee, June 12, 1781 (1).