<br /> Lee Letter: n635

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Maryland Delegates
Recipient: Thomas Sim Lee

Sir,

Congress was this day informed by a Letter from the Marquis de la
Fayette,1 dated at Richmond the 24th, that
Lord Cornwallis and his Army consisting of Tarltons Legion, Hamiltons
Corps, 23, 33, & 71 Regiments, a Hessian Regiment, light infantry,
and guards, and 200 Tories with 6 field peices had joined General
Arnold at Petersburgh the 20th. Inst. That he the Marquis had but 900
Continentals besides Militia to oppose to this force which would oblige
him to act on the defensive. He further informs, that a British Fleet
of Transports convoyed by three Frigates had arrived at Hampton; that
on the 22d, 12 Sail of ships a Sloop, and a Schooner, got under way
opposite James Town, the Ships full of Men and Horses, the 24th a body
landed from the Ships at Westover, and the same day Lord Cornwallis
moved from Petersburgh toward Richmond: to this disagreeable
intelligence, Congress has received advice from the Westward that an
expedition from the Lakes against Pittsburg is meditated.

We expected by last Post that your Excellency would have informed us what
prospect you and the Council had of making remittances for our
Subsistance.2 We are without Money, and
almost without Credit; and without a timely supply it will be
impossible for us to continue in Philadelphia.

We have the honor to be with Sentiments of the highest respect and esteem,
Sir, Your Excells. most obedient hble Servts.

Daniel of St. Thos. Jenifer.
Danl Carroll

P.S. By private information from New York, the Troops that embarked at that
place for Virga. were the Granadiers, 42 Regiment, Anspachers, &
Bartons Jersey Battallion.

Notes:

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

1 Lafayette’s brief covering letter and its enclosure – a copy of his
“official” letter of May 24 to Washington – were read in Congress this
day. See JCC, 20:580; and PCC, item 156, fols. 141 – 47. He also wrote
two personal letters to the commander-in-chief on the 24th; all three
are in the Washington Papers, DLC.

2 This day the Maryland Council had informed the delegates that it would
“forward as soon as possible a Quantity of Flour to be vended in
Philadelphia,” with the proceeds to be reserved for their use. On
June 4, however, the Council further explained that the assembly had
applied the flour to the purchase of troop clothing, but reassured
the delegates, in response to this letter, that one hundred hogsheads
of tobacco would be shipped immediately to Philadelphia “. . . there
to be disposed of . . . for a sufficient Sum of Money for your
Purposes.” See Md. Archives, 45:450, 461.